“THE SCOREBOARD”

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE FINALS SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2023 

1A CHAMPIONSHIP

INDY LUTHERAN 35 ADAMS CENTRAL 28

3A CHAMPIONSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD 35, HERITAGE HILLS 7 

5A CHAMPIONSHIP

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 33, DECATUR CENTRAL 6 

SATURDAY, NOV. 25, 2023

11 AM ET | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (11-3) VS. NORTH POSEY (13-1) 

3 PM ET | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
NORTHWOOD (12-2) VS. EAST CENTRAL (14-0) 

7 PM ET | CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
CROWN POINT (13-0) VS. BEN DAVIS (12-1)

PREVIEW: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2023-24%20Football%20Preview.pdf

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SATURDAY

ANDERSON 70 LAPEL 53

CORYDON CENTRAL 67 LANESVILLE 27

HAMMOND NOLL 61 HAMMOND MORTON 54

HEBRON 63 KOUTS 53

RENSSELAER CENTRAL 63 TRI-COUNTY 53

SETON CATHOLIC 51 CENTERVILLE 49

WINCHESTER 67 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 28

HAMMOND CENTRAL 73 ST. FRANCIS DESALES IL 54

LAWRENCEVILLE IL 62 VINCENNES LINCOLN 43

VINCENNES LINCOLN 79 GRAVVILLE IL 49

COVINGTON 67 MILFORD IL 49

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SATURDAY

BLUFFTON 60 S. ADAMS 39

EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 48 GARY WEST 33

FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 66 DEKALB 38

FRANKTON 54 SHENANDOAH 23

FREMONT 69 W. NOBLE 35

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 59 CARMEL 42

JAC CEN DEL 52 BATESVILLE 42

JAY COUNTY 60 WOODLAN 53

MERRILLVILLE 71 MUNSTER 51

SCOTTSBURG 57 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 52 OT

WRESTLING SCORES

BELLMONT 57 CHESTERTON 24

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES/SCHEDULE

#12 OLE MISS 17 MISSISSIPPI STATE 7

#17 IOWA 13 NEBRASKA 10

#13 OKLAHOMA 69 TCU 45

#23 TULANE 29 TEXAS SAN ANTONIO 16

#9 MISSOURI 48 ARKANSAS 14

#11 PENN STATE 42 MICHIGAN STATE 0

#7 TEXAS 57 TEXAS TECH 7

#6 OREGON 31 #16 OREGON STATE 7

OHIO 25 AKRON 14

MIAMI FLORIDA 45 BOSTON COLLEGE 20

MEMPHIS 45 TEMPLE 21

TOLEDO 32 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 17

UTAH STATE 44 NEW MEXICO 41 2OT

BOISE STATE 27 AIR FORCE 19

SATURDAY, NOV. 25

OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX

TEXAS A&M AT LSU | 12 P.M. | ESPN

INDIANA AT PURDUE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT SAM HOUSTON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

UCONN AT UMASS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

NAVY AT SMU | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

HOUSTON AT UCF | 12 P.M. | FS1

MIAMI (OHIO) AT BALL STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS SPORTS NETWORK

KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ABC

TROY AT SOUTHERN MISS | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

PITT AT DUKE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

WAKE FOREST AT SYRACUSE | 2 P.M. | CW NETWORK

TULSA AT EAST CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

UAB AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA STATE AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTHERN VS. GRAMBLING (IN NEW ORLEANS) | 2 P.M. | NBC

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

UL MONROE AT LOUISIANA | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

COLORADO AT UTAH | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

BYU AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

ALABAMA AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

MARYLAND AT RUTGERS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

LIBERTY AT UTEP | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPNU

JAMES MADISON AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ARKANSAS STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 4 P.M. | FOX

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

WEST VIRGINIA AT BAYLOR | 7 P.M. | FS1

NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD | 7 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

KANSAS AT CINCINNATI | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

CHARLOTTE AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

IOWA STATE AT KANSAS STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX

WYOMING AT NEVADA | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

CAL AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRESNO STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

COLORADO STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 1

NEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY (CUSA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME) | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN LAS VEGAS | 8 P.M. | ABC

SATURDAY, DEC. 2

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ABC

MIAMI (OHIO) VS. TOLEDO (MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN DETROIT) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3 P.M. | FOX

GEORGIA VS. ALABAMA (SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ATLANTA) | 4 P.M. | CBS

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN CHARLOTTE | 8 P.M. | ABC

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN INDIANAPOLIS | 8 P.M. | FOX

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

ARMY VS. NAVY (FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS) | 3 P.M. | CBS

WEEK 12 SCHEDULE/SCORES

MIAMI 34 NY JETS 13

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MST) 4:05P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*

CHICAGO BEARS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (MON) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P ESPN*

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#5 UCONN 90 MANHATTAN 60

#6 HOUSTON 79 MONTANA 44

#9 DUKE 87 INDIANA 62

#19 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 96 #12 TEXAS A&M 89

#13 BAYLOR 95 FLORIDA 91

#14 NORTH CAROLINA 87 #20 ARKANSAS 72

#16 KENTUCKY 118 MARSHALL 82

OHIO STATE 92 #17 ALABAMA 81

OKLAHOMA 72 #23 USC 70

#25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 74 NICHOLLS 61

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCOREBOARD

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 101 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 19

#2 UCLA 78 #6 UCONN 67

#3 COLORADO 96 KENTUCKY 53

#4 STANFORD 100 #13 FLORIDA STATE 88

#5 IOWA 98 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 59

#7 LSU 99 NIAGARA 65

#9 VIRGINIA TECH 59 KANSAS 58

#10 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 79 CINCINNATI 45

#10 UTAH 98 MERRIMACK 34

#12 TEXAS 101 HIGH POINT 39

#14 BAYLOR 124 MCNEESE STATE 44

#16 KANSAS STATE 77 WESTERN KENTUCKY 61

#17 NOTRE DAME 90 BALL STATE 59

#18 NORTH CAROLINA 54 VERMONT 51

ALABAMA 78 #20 LOUISVILLE 73

#23 WASHINGTON STATE 90 MASSACHUSETTS 48

#25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 81 CLEMSON 78

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 136 DETROIT 113

ORLANDO 113 BOSTON 96

PHOENIX 110 MEMPHIS 89

NEW YORK 100 MIAMI 98

TORONTO 121 CHICAGO 108

HOUSTON 105 DENVER 86

MILWAUKEE 131 WASHINGTON 128

SACRAMENTO 124 MINNESOTA 111

GOLDEN STATE 118 SAN ANTONIO 112

NEW ORLEANS 116 LA CLIPPERS 106

NHL SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 5 BOSTON 2

NY RANGERS 3 PHILADELPHIA 1

CHICAGO 4 TORONTO 3 OT

COLUMBUS 2 NEW JERSEY 1

NASHVILLE 8 ST. LOUIS 3

EDMONTON 5 WASHINGTON 0

LOS ANGELES 5 ANAHEIM 2

MONTRÉAL 3 SAN JOSE 2

BUFFALO 3 PITTSBURGH 2

NY ISLANDERS 5 OTTAWA 3

TAMPA BAY 8 CAROLINA 2

WINNIPEG 3 FLORIDA 0

CALGARY 7 DALLAS 4

COLORADO 3 MINNESOTA 2

VANCOUVER 5 SEATTLE 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

HILL’S SPECIAL TD CATCH AND HOLLAND’S 99-YARD INT RETURN LEAD DOLPHINS PAST JETS 34-13

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tyreek Hill got into the end zone, found his new wife in the stands and tossed her the ball for a special celebration.

The game got even better for the newlywed Hill and the Miami Dolphins from there.

Jevon Holland returned an intercepted first-half Hail Mary attempt 99 yards for a score, Raheem Mostert ran for two touchdowns, and the Dolphins cruised past the New York Jets 34-13 in the NFL’s first game played on Black Friday.

“It was a momentum swing going into the half,” Holland said. “They threw a ball, they threw a Hail Mary, kind of desperation. They knew we were getting the ball after the half.

“Then, boom, you just let up a touchdown.”

Tua Tagovailoa was intercepted twice, including one returned for a score by Brandin Echols, but Miami was in control for most of the game. The Dolphins (8-3) cushioned their lead atop the AFC East by sending the Jets (4-7) to their fourth straight loss.

Tagovailoa finished 21 of 30 for 243 yards with the TD to Hill and the two INTs.

Tim Boyle started at quarterback for the Jets in place of the benched Zach Wilson, but New York’s stagnant offense failed to get much going other than Boyle’s 1-yard TD pass to Garrett Wilson with 4:37 remaining.

“I think we shot ourselves in the foot too many times,” said Boyle, who was sacked seven times.

The Dolphins took a 10-0 lead when Tagovailoa connected with Hill, who avoided a tackle attempt by Jordan Whitehead and zipped into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown with 8:21 left in the second quarter.

Hill took off his helmet, found wife Keeta Vaccaro in the stands and blew her a kiss before tossing her the football. The two were married during the Dolphins’ bye two weeks ago.

“You know what’s crazy? Thursday night, my wife says she’s going to order tickets right here close to the sideline, so make sure you score in this end zone,” said Hill, who couldn’t haul in a TD toss on fourth down on the Dolphins’ opening possession.

“That’s why I dropped the first touchdown pass,” Hill said playfully. “She wasn’t on that side. That was a nice hat – she wore a hat that could stand out. I could see her from 100 yards away easily.”

Hill’s touchdown catch was his 10th of the season, making him the first Dolphins player since Mike Wallace in 2014 to have double-digit TD receptions.

With the Jets’ offense struggling – as usual – the defense stepped up to get them into the game.

On first-and-10 from the Dolphins 27, Tagovailoa threw a short pass intended for Braxton Berrios, but Echols jumped the route, intercepted the toss and took it to the end zone.

The usually reliable Greg Zuerlein was wide right on the extra-point attempt, and Miami’s lead was 10-6 with 58 seconds left in the opening half.

D.J. Reed intercepted Tagovailoa on the Dolphins’ next possession, giving the Jets the ball at their 49 with 2 seconds remaining.

Instead of taking a knee and going into halftime down by 4, coach Robert Saleh opted for a Hail Mary – and it went embarrassingly wrong.

Boyle’s throw to the end zone was picked off by Holland, who took off down the field, weaved his way past some would-be Jets tacklers – including Boyle – and took it in untouched.

“We took our shot off the interception to try to get one more (score),” Saleh said. “Just a very unfortunate play at the end of the half.”

The Dolphins went wild on their sideline. The Jets stood stunned on theirs.

“That was crazy,” Miami wide receiver Jaylen Waddle said. “That was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen, as far as timing. … It was a crazy play that we needed.”

Meanwhile, Jets fans headed for the concourses shaking their heads after another brutal half of football for their team.

“I’ve never really seen or been a part of anything like that,” Boyle said. “But it’s a good learning experience.”

Mostert’s 13-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter gave the Dolphins a 27-6 lead – and tempers flared after that.

There was some pushing and shoving between several players after the extra point and the Jets’ C.J. Mosley and Micheal Clemons were flagged for personal fouls – including Clemons appearing to inadvertently make contact with an official. Clemons was ejected. Dolphins right tackle Austin Jackson was also kicked out of the game.

Mostert added a 34-yard TD run with 3:35 left.

STATS

Hill finished with nine catches for 102 yards and the TD, while Waddle caught eight passes for 114 yards. … Hill has 1,324 yards receiving, breaking Julio Jones’ record (1,305) for the most yards receiving in the first 11 games of a season since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. … Boyle, making his fourth NFL start and first since the 2021 season with Detroit, was 27 of 38 for 179 yards and a TD with two interceptions.

INJURIES

Dolphins: Holland left late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, but said he’s fine. … LB Jaelan Phillips was carted from the field in the fourth with an injured Achilles tendon. “It doesn’t look good,” coach Mike McDaniel said. … LT Terron Armstead left in the third with a quadriceps injury.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: At Washington on Dec. 3.

Jets: Host Atlanta on Dec. 3.

COMMANDERS FIRE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR JACK DEL RIO AFTER LOSING TO THE COWBOYS

Jack Del Rio is out as Washington Commanders defensive coordinator, a firing made Friday in the wake of another embarrassing loss.

Coach Ron Rivera dismissed Del Rio and defensive backs coach Brent Vieselmeyer less than 28 hours after a 45-10 Thanksgiving Day drubbing at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys.

“This was probably the thing that I felt was necessary to do to hopefully get out of this rut and get to a point where we can play to our abilities,” Rivera said on a video call with reporters. “It’s unfortunate, the situation and circumstances. But I did feel that a change was something that we needed to do going forward.”

The decision to make Del Rio and Vieselmeyer scapegoats for the season going sideways seems to ensure Rivera’s job is not in imminent danger despite the team being 4-8. The Josh Harris-led new ownership group is expected to make significant changes in January after the season is over.

Still, something had to give now after Rivera said things “snowballed” again at Dallas, leading to an eighth loss in 10 games since opening with back-to-back victories. He called Harris early Friday to make sure his boss was aligned with the decision and got the green light.

The Commanders have allowed 290 or more yards in 11 of 12 games this season and 30 or more points seven times. Their defense ranks 29th among 32 teams.

“The blame, we’re all culpable: players and coaches,” Rivera said. “We have to be better.”

Rivera is taking over the defensive play-calling duties, allowing him to defer even more to new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Cristian Garcia is being elevated to DBs coach to replace Vieselmeyer.

Del Rio was 12 games into his fourth season with Washington after Rivera hired him in 2020. The two, each a former linebacker, had no prior working relationship before this.

A head coach for 12 seasons with the Jaguars and Raiders, Del Rio had a stint with Washington that was marred by a comment he made during offseason workouts last year, comparing the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and the protests in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“People’s livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem,” Del Rio said in June 2022. “And then we have a dust-up at the Capitol, nothing burned down, and we’re going to make that a major deal. I just think it’s kind of two standards.”

On the field, his unit was inconsistent from year to year and game to game. Washington’s defense ranked second in the NFL in 2020, 22nd in 2021 and third in 2022.

The Commanders had their moments defensively this season, mostly before trading pass rushers Chase Young and Montez Sweat. But the lack of results ultimately cost Del Rio and Vieselmeyer their jobs.

“It’s not an indictment of Jack and Brent,” Rivera said. “It’s just, for whatever reason, it wasn’t coming together. We haven’t played as well as we would have liked to this season.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Time is now on the Commanders’ side. They get extra rest before hosting the AFC East-leading Miami Dolphins on Dec. 3.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

The defense isn’t the only issue. Washington’s offense was shut out in the second half at the Cowboys, and Sam Howell threw his league-leading 13th interception.

“We kind of struggled finishing drives and sustaining drives,” Howell said. “We’ve just got to find a way to get better.”

STOCK UP

Bieniemy might have even more freedom now with Rivera running the defense. After taking this job to show his talent outside the shadows of Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, Bieniemy has five games left to make his mark.

STOCK DOWN

Rivera probably will get the chance to coach the rest of the season, but his long-term job security is not ideal. He has one year left on his contract, but that wouldn’t be an impediment to Harris firing him much like new Carolina owner David Tepper did in 2019.

INJURIES

Cornerback Emmanuel Forbes (elbow) and pass rusher James Smith-Williams (hamstring) missed the game against the Cowboys.

KEY NUMBER

0 — Fourth-down conversions in three tries against Dallas. The Commanders also punted twice on fourth down in Cowboys territory.

NEXT STEPS

Rivera said the defensive coaching staff is all on the same page. The next challenge is slowing down Tua Tagovailoa and the high-scoring Dolphins, who opened as 7-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook.

ANALYSIS: THE NFC GOES THROUGH PHILADELPHIA, BUT THE 49ERS AND COWBOYS AREN’T FAR BEHIND

The NFC goes through Philadelphia. The top three challengers showed where they stand on Thanksgiving Day.

Detroit took a step backward. Dallas feasted on another losing team. San Francisco was impressive again. The Eagles have a firm grip on the No. 1 seed but the race could tighten down the stretch.

The 49ers (8-3) geared up for an NFC championship rematch against Philadelphia (9-1) on Dec. 3 with a convincing 31-13 win at Seattle on Thursday night.

Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffrey and the rest of San Francisco’s dynamic offense racked up 377 yards and the defense was dominant.

The 49ers have now won three in a row since losing three straight. They blew out Dallas 42-10 before injuries to star wide receiver Deebo Samuel and All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams contributed to the losing skid. They routed Jacksonville 34-3 to kick off their latest winning streak.

The Seahawks (6-5) had a chance to regain the lead in the NFC West but were no match for the 49ers after falling behind 24-3 in the first half. They got within 24-13, but San Francisco’s defense stiffened.

If the Eagles lose at home to Buffalo (6-5) on Sunday, their matchup against the 49ers next week would be for the top spot in the conference.

The 49ers are Philadelphia’s main competition because they’re the most complete team. They lost Purdy to an elbow injury last year in the first quarter of a 31-7 loss in the NFC title game. They’ll need him at his best to have a shot this time around. Purdy has thrown 18 touchdown passes and only six interceptions, but he’s prone to making dangerous throws, including one that was returned for a TD by Seattle.

After the Eagles, the 49ers face Seattle again, Arizona (2-9), Baltimore (8-3) and Washington (4-7).

The Cowboys (8-3) rocked the Commanders 45-10 for their seventh win by at least 23 points. Dak Prescott had another outstanding game, tossing four TD passes. DaRon Bland set an NFL record with his fifth pick-6 of the season and Micah Parsons added 1 1/2 sacks to his total.

“Obviously, we feel good about what we’ve got,” Prescott said. “We feel good about the players that we have, the plays that we’re gonna call, the matchup, the film study we’ve had, the preparation, the game plan. Credit these coaches week in and week out. They’re dialing up things and putting playmakers in their best position, and, yeah, it’s confidence. Simple as that.”

But the knock against Dallas is strength of schedule. The Cowboys haven’t beaten a team that currently has a winning record. They were blown out by San Francisco, beat themselves in a 28-23 loss to Philadelphia in Week 9 and lost to the pitiful Cardinals in September.

Dallas will have a tough road to overtake Philadelphia. The Cowboys’ next five games are against teams that currently are 36-17.

The Lions (8-3) began the day one game behind Philadelphia and finished it looking like a team that could lose a home playoff game to extend the NFL’s longest postseason win drought.

They were outplayed from start to finish in a 29-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers. After needing to rally to beat the lowly Bears four days earlier, Detroit played even worse. Jared Goff followed up a three-pick game against Chicago with three fumbles, including one returned for a score.

The Lions’ biggest issue is a defense that couldn’t stop Jordan Love, who tied a career high with three TD passes.

The schedule helps Detroit, however. The Lions face New Orleans (5-5), Chicago (3-8) and Denver (5-5) over the next three games.

“We just have to get back to what we do, play with a little rhythm,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “This isn’t something to where I want to get in a panic mode.”

Since 1990, 34 of 66 No. 1 seeds have reached the Super Bowl, with 15 winning it. The top seed is even more important now that only one team in each conference gets a bye since the playoff format was expanded to 14 teams in 2020.

The Eagles enter the weekend in a comfortable spot, but the 49ers and Cowboys showed they’re not far behind.

REPORT: MRI CONFIRMS TORN BICEPS FOR 49ERS S GEORGE ODUM

San Francisco 49ers safety and special teams ace George Odum may miss the rest of the season with a torn biceps, NFL Network reported Friday.

Per the report, Odum needs surgery and faces a recovery period of two-to-four months after sustaining the injury during Thursday night’s win at Seattle.

The shorter end of that window leaves open the possibility of a return during a deep playoff run for the 49ers, who improved to 8-3 with the 31-13 win over the Seahawks.

Odum, 30, has recorded 12 tackles in 11 games this season. An All-Pro selection in 2020 with Indianapolis, he has 184 tackles and three interceptions in 93 games (10 starts) with the Colts (2018-21) and 49ers.

REPORT: EAGLES WAIVING DE DEREK BARNETT

The Philadelphia Eagles are waiving defensive end Derek Barnett on Friday, ESPN reported.

Barnett, 27, has been listed as a non-participant in practice this week due to personal reasons.

He has played only 99 defensive snaps in eight games (no starts) this season, recording three tackles. He was coming back from a torn ACL sustained in the 2022 season opener.

Philadelphia drafted Barnett with the 14th overall pick in 2017.

Barnett has recorded 21.5 sacks, 76 quarterback hits and three fumble recoveries in 73 career games (45 starts).

The Eagles restructured his contract for 2023, reportedly agreeing to pay him a guaranteed $3.5 million salary plus bonuses and incentives.

Philadelphia hosts the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

NFL GAME CAPSULES

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-5) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (4-6)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

FOX: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) NO: 121 or 384 ATL: 160 or 229

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: NO leads series, 54-53 (won 6 of past 7)

POSTSEASON: ATL leads series, 1-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 12/18/22: ATL 18 at NO 21

POSTSEASON: 12/28/91 NFC-WC: ATL 27 at NO 20

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR aims for his 4th start in row with 70+ comp. pct. Has 300+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 road starts. • QB JAMEIS WINSTON had 2 TD passes in Week 10. Has 2,768 pass yards (276.8 per game) & 29 TDs (27 pass, 2 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 109.3 rating in 10 career starts vs. Atl. Aims for his 9th in row vs. Atl. with 2+ TD passes. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 7 catches & 75 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 33 rec.) in Week 10 & has 70+ scrimmage yards in 11 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Leads all RBs with 50 catches in 2023, his 6th-career season with 50+ receptions. Has 606 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & rush TD in 6 career games at Atl. • WR CHRIS OLAVE had 6 catches for 94 yards & rec. TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch & 6th in row with 5+ catches. • QB TAYSOM HILL has rush TD in 3 of his past 4. Had 81 rush yards & rush TD in last road meeting. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 23 sacks & 27 TFL in 24 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Atl. with TFL. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with 9+ tackles. Has 5+ tackles in each of his 12 career games vs. Atl. • CB PAULSON ADEBO had career-high 9 tackles & 2 PD in Week 10. Can become 1st player since 2011 (Brandon Browner) with 2+ PD in 5 straight games. Had INT in his only career game at Atl. (1/9/22). • CB ALONTAE TAYLOR is only player in NFL with 10+ PD (10) & 5+ TFL (5) in 2023. Had 3 PD in last meeting. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had sack & 2 PD in last meeting.

FALCONS NOTES:

QB DESMOND RIDDER is 5-1 in 6 career home starts. Aims for his 6th in row at home with TD pass. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 5 & has career-high 4 rush TDs in 2023. Has won each of his past 3 starts vs. NFC South. • RB BIJAN ROBINSON (rookie) had 106 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 11 rec.) & rush TD in Week 10, his 3rd-career 100-yard game. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 9 of his 10 career games. Leads all rookie RBs in rush yards (612) & scrimmage yards (820). • RB TYLER ALLGEIER rushed for career-high 139 yards & TD in last meeting. • WR DRAKE LONDON has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • TE JONNU SMITH had 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 home games. • TE KYLE PITTS has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row with 4+ receptions. • DL CALAIS CAMPBELL aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack & 4th in row at home with TFL. Has 5 TFL in 6 career games vs. NO. • DL DAVID ONYEMATA spent 7 seasons (2016-22) with NO & had 23 sacks & 28 TFL in 106 games. • LB NATE LANDMAN had 8 tackles, sack & 1st-career INT in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & PD & 8th in row with 8+ tackles. • S JESSIE BATES had season-high 13 tackles in Week 10, his 3rd game with 10+ tackles in 2023. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ tackles. • CB A.J. TERRELL has 6 PD in his past 5.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-4) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-5)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

CBS: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) PIT: 139 or 383 CIN: 82 or 228

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: PIT leads series, 66-39 (CIN won 4 of past 5)

POSTSEASON: PIT leads series, 2-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 11/20/22: CIN 37 at PIT 30

POSTSEASON: 1/9/16 AFC-WC: PIT 18 at CIN 16

STEELERS NOTES:

QB KENNY PICKETT has 0 INTs in each of his past 6 starts, longest active streak among starting QBs. Passed for 265 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. Has won 4 of his past 5 starts vs. division. • RB JAYLEN WARREN had career-high 145 scrimmage yards (career-high 129 rush, 16 rec.) & had rush TD last week. Has 110+ scrimmage yards in 3 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. • RB NAJEE HARRIS has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of past 3. Had 116 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 26 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with TD. Warren (727) & Harris (615) are only pair of AFC RB teammates each with 600+ scrimmage yards this season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has 6+ catches & 55+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. Cin. • WR GEORGE PICKENS had 4 catches for 83 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had TD catch in his last game vs. Cin. (9/19/21 w/ Chi.). • TE PAT FREIERMUTH aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. • LB T.J. WATT aims for 5th in row with 0.5+ sacks & 4th in row with full sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 2+ PD, INT & 0.5+ sacks. Has 0.5+ sacks in each of his past 11 vs. division. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 11.5 sacks this season. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH has 3.5 sacks in his past 2 vs. Cin. • CB PATRICK PETERSON aims for 4th in row with PD. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has 9+ tackles in 4 of past 5. Has PD in each of his past 3 vs. Cin., with INT in 2 of past 3.

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JAKE BROWNING completed 8 of 14 atts. (57.1 pct.) for 68 yards & 1st-career TD pass last week. Can make 1st-career start in Week 12. • RB JOE MIXON led team with 100 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 31 rec.) & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 5th in row with TD. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 9 games this season, tiedmost among RBs. Has 370 scrimmage yards (123.3 per game) in his past 3 vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 95+ scrimmage yards. • WR JA’MARR CHASE has TD catch in 3 of past 4 & in each of past 2. Has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 10 catches for 129 yards & TD in his last game vs. Pit. (9/11/22) & has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. Is 1 of 5 in NFL with 70+ catches & 800+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • WR TEE HIGGINS aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 148 yards in last meeting & has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of 5 career games vs. Pit. • WR TYLER BOYD has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in last home meeting. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had 2 TFL & sack last week & aims for 3rd in row with 0.5 sacks. Had 2 sacks & PD in last meeting & has sack in 3 of 4 career games vs. Pit. • LB LOGAN WILSON aims for 7th in row with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row with FF. Had 8 tackles in last meeting. • CB CAM TAYLOR-BRITT aims for 4th in row with PD. Aims for 4th in row at home with INT. Had 12 tackles in last meeting. • CB MIKE HILTON had 1st sack of season last week. • S JORDAN BATTLE (rookie) led team with career-high 11 tackles in Week 11, tied 3rd-most by rookie in a game this season.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (7-3) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (6-4)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

CBS: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan, AJ Ross

SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) JAX: 138 or 382 HOU: 137 or 227

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: HOU leads series, 29-14 (won 10 of past 11)

POSTSEASON: —

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 9/24/23: HOU 37 at JAX 17

POSTSEASON: —

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 24 of 32 atts. (75 pct.) for 262 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with season-high 119.5 rating & had 2 rush TDs last week, his 4th game this season with 75+ comp. pct., tied-most in NFL. Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4 overall & in each of 4 road games in 2023. Passed for 279 yards in Week 3 meeting. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE rushed for 52 yards last week. Has 50+ rush yards in 7 of past 8. Has 514 scrimmage yards (128.5 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 road games this season, with TD in each game. Has 392 scrimmage yards (130.7 per game) in 3 career games vs. Hou., with 110+ scrimmage yards in each game. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY led team with 7 catches for 103 yards & season-high 2 TDs last week, 5th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 overall & in 3 of 4 road games this season. Had 5 catches for 88 yards & TD in only career game at Hou. (10/6/19 w/ Atl.). • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK has 45+ rec. yards in each of past 9 games. Had 54 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 3 meeting. • TE EVAN ENGRAM has 5+ catches in 3 of 4 road games this season. Had 7 catches for 67 yards in Week 3 meeting. Ranks 3rd among TEs with 59 catches in 2023, 4th-career 50-catch season. • LB JOSH ALLEN had half sack last week & has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had sack & FF in last road meeting. Has 7.5 sacks in his past 7 vs. division, with 0.5+ sacks in 6 of 7 games. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 6 tackles & 3rd FR of season in Week 11. Has 6+ tackles in all 10 games this season. Had 14 tackles in Week 3 meeting. • LB DEVIN LLOYD aims for 6th in row with 9+ tackles. • LB TRAVON WALKER had half sack & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had career-high 2 TFL in Week 3 meeting.

TEXANS NOTES:

QB C.J. STROUD completed 27 of 37 atts. (career-high 73 pct.) for 336 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 5th game this season with 300+ pass yards & TD pass, tied 3rd-most ever by rookie. Joins Joe Burrow (2020) as only rookies ever with 300+ pass yards in 3 straight games. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 2,962 pass yards, 4thmost ever by player in 1st 10 career games. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 112 yards & TD last week & has 100+ rush yards in consecutive games for 1st time in career. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. • RB DAMEON PIERCE has 172 scrimmage yards (86 per game) in 2 career games vs. Jax., with rush TD in each game. • WR TANK DELL set career highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (149) & had TD catch last week, his 3rd game with 100+ rec. yards this season, 2nd-most among rookies. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches, 55+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 70+ rec. yards & TD in catch in 3 of 4 home games this season. Had 5 catches for 145 yards & TD in Week 3 meeting. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 659 rec. yards & 6 rec. TDs. • WR NOAH BROWN has 150+ rec. yards in each of his past 2 games. Had 2 rec. TDs in only career game vs. Jax. (12/18/22 w/ Dal.). • WR NICO COLLINS aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 5th TD catch of season last week & is 1 of 4 TEs with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • LB BLAKE CASHMAN had career-high 19 tackles, sack & PD last week, tied 2nd-most tackles by player in a game this sea son. • DE WILL ANDERSON (rookie) had 2 TFL & 3rd-career sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. • CB DEREK STINGLEY had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week. Had INT in only career game vs. Jax. (10/9/22).

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

CBS: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta, Amanda Renner

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) TB: 158 or 381 IND: 81 or 226

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: IND leads series, 8-7 (TB won 3 of past 4)

POSTSEASON:

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 11/28/21: TB 38 at IND 31

POSTSEASON: —

BUCS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD had season-high 29 completions in Week 11. Has 10 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 97.4 rating in 5 road starts in 2023, incl. 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 4 of 5 starts. Passed for 247 yards & 2 TDs in his only career start vs. Ind. (10/11/20 w/ Cle.). • RB RACHAAD WHITE had 6 catches, 58 scrimmage yards (30 rush, 28 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD. Has career-high 813 scrimmage yards this season. Ranks 2nd among RBs in rec. yards (354) & 3rd in receptions (41) in 2023. • WR MIKE EVANS had 7th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Needs 2 catches for 10th-straight 50-catch season. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 6 catches last week & has 50 receptions in 2023, his 6th-straight 50-catch season. Has 5+ catches in 10 of his past 11 road games. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 7 tackles, 3 TFL & 32nd-career sack last week. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 14 TFL this season & aims for his 7th in row with TFL. Had TFL, FR & PD in last meeting. Needs 10 tackles for his 10th-career 100+ tackle season. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Had 2 sacks, FF & FR in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with sack. • LB YAYA DIABY (rookie) set career highs with 2 sacks & 3 TFL in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2+ TFL. • NT VITA VEA had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has career high 8 TFL in 2023. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with TFL. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. had career-high 16 tackles last week, most tackles by DB in game this season.

COLTS NOTES:

QB GARDNER MINSHEW completed 18 of 28 atts. (64.3 pct.) for 194 yards in Week 10. Has 2 TD passes in each of 2 home starts this season. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 69 yards & TD in Week 10. Has TD in 3 of past 4 & in each of past 2. Aims for 6th in row with 65+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 95+ scrimmage yards. Had 97 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 14 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. • RB ZACK MOSS has 401 scrimmage yards (100.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 home games this season. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Has career-high 617 rush yards & 5 rush TDs in 2023. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN aims for 4th in row with 8+ catches & 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TD catch. Had 53 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR JOSH DOWNS (rookie) had 40 rec. yards in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Ranks 5th among rookies with 523 rec. yards. • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN led team with 15 tackles in Week 10, his 8th game this season with 10+ tackles & 3rd with 15+ tackles, both most in NFL. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 117 tackles in 2023. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had season-high 8 tackles & TFL in Week 10. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. • DE DAYO ODEYINGBO had career-high 3 sacks in Week 10. Aims for 5th in row with TFL & 3rd in row with sack. • DE KWITY PAYE had sack in Week 10. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 5+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting. • S JULIAN BLACKMON had 2 PD & INT in Week 10. • S RODNEY THOMAS had 2nd sack of season in Week 10. • CB KENNY MOORE aims for 8th in row with 6+ tackles.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-8) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (3-8)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

FOX: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) NE: 83 or 380 NYG: 85 or 225

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: NE leads series, 7-4 (won 6 of past 7)

POSTSEASON: NYG leads series, 2-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/10/19: NYG 14 at NE 35

POSTSEASON: 2/5/12 SB XLVI: NYG 21 vs. NE 17

PATRIOTS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES completed 15 of 20 atts. (75 pct.) in Week 10. Is 3-0 in 3 career starts at MetLife Stadium (all 3 vs. NYJ, incl. in Week 3 of this season). • QB BAILEY ZAPPE can make 1st start of season. Is 2-0 in 2 career starts, with TD pass & 100+ rating in each start. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON led team with 102 scrimmage yards (season-high 88 rush, 14 rec.) in Week 10, his 2nd-straight 100-yard game. Aims for 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 711 scrimmage yards (482 rush, 229 rec.) & is 1st NE RB with 700+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 3 seasons since HOFer Curtis Martin (1995-97). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had season-high 88 scrimmage yards (54 rush, season-best 34 rec.) in Week 10. Has rush TD in each of his past 6 games vs. NYG. Has 10 career rush TDs vs. NYG, most vs. any opponent. • WR DEMARIO DOUGLAS (rookie) led team with career highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (84) in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 6 catches for 69 yards & 2 TDs in only career game vs. NYG (9/14/20 w/ Pit.). • WR DEVANTE PARKER aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 60+ rec. yards. • DT DAVON GODCHAUX aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. • DT CHRISTIAN BARMORE has TFL in 4 of past 5. • CB MYLES BRYANT had 1st INT of season in Week 10. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of past 3. • S KYLE DUGGER has INT in 2 of past 3 & 5+ tackles in 7 of past 8. • S JABRILL PEPPERS has 5+ tackles in 4 of past 5 & TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 17 PD & 15 TFL in 3 seasons with NYG (2019-21).

GIANTS NOTES:

QB TOMMY DEVITO (rookie) completed 18 of 26 atts. (69.2 pct.) for 246 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 137.7 rating in Week 11. Can become 1st undrafted rookie & 3rd undrafted player since 1967 with 2+ TD passes in each of his 1st 3 career starts. Can make 1st-career home start in Week 12. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 140 scrimmage yards (83 rush, season-high 57 rec.) & 2 rec. TDs in Week 11, his 2nd-career game with 2 TD catches. Has 110+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 115+ scrimmage yards. Needs 118 scrimmage yards to reach 7,000 for his career. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON had season-high 82 rec. yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 11, his 16th-career TD catch. • LB KAYVON THIBODEAUX had 5 tackles, 2 sacks & PD last week. Is only NFC player with 3 games of 2+ sacks in 2023. Has career highs in sacks (10.5) & TFL (10) this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 1.5+ sacks. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE led team with season-high 14 tackles & had career-high 2 FFs in Week 11. Ranks tied-5th in NFL with 105 tackles in 2023, his 3rd-straight 100+ tackle season. Has 5+ tackles in 19 straight games. Has INT, FF & FR in 2 career games vs. NE. • LB MICAH MCFADDEN had 8 tackles, TFL, PD & FR last week, his 3rd FR of season, tied-most in NFL in 2023. Has career highs in tackles (65) & TFL (10) this season. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE had 4th sack of season & career-high 2 PD in Week 11. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 12 tackles, TFL & FR in Week 11. Can become 1st DB since 2015 (Corey Graham) with 10+ tackles in 4 straight games. • S/LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 54-yard INT-TD last week.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-9) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (3-7)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET

FOX: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) CAR: 113 or 385 TEN: 161 or 230

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: Series tied, 3-3 (CAR won past 2)

POSTSEASON: —

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 11/3/19: TEN 20 at CAR 30

POSTSEASON: —

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB BRYCE YOUNG (rookie) passed for 123 yards & had 9th TD pass of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD had 65 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 8 rec.) in Week 11. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Has 526 scrimmage yards in 2023, his 3rd-straight 500-yard season. • RB MILES SANDERS rushed for 50 yards last week, his 4th game with 50+ scrimmage yards in 2023. Had rush TD in his only career game vs. Ten. (12/4/22 w/ Phi.). • WR ADAM THIELEN had 8 receptions for 74 yards last week. Leads NFC & ranks 4th in NFL with 76 receptions in 2023, 3rdhighest single-season total of career (113 in 2018 & 91 in 2017). Has 9 games with 5+ catches this season, tied-most in NFL. Has 610 career catches & needs 8 receptions to surpass Danny Amendola (617) for 4th-most receptions by undrafted player since 1967. Had TD catch in his last game vs. Ten. (9/27/20 w/ Min.). • TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. • LB BRIAN BURNS had 10th TFL of season last week, his 3rdstraight season with 10+ TFL. Aims for his 6th in row with TFL. Has 4 sacks & 7 TFL in 4 road games this season. • LB FRANKIE LUVU had 8 tackles & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ tackles. • DT DERRICK BROWN had 5th TFL of season last week & has 5+ TFL in each of his 4 career seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. • CB DONTE JACKSON aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. • CB TROY HILL had 8 tackles & tied his career high with 3 PD in Week 11. • S XAVIER WOODS aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. • S VONN BELL has 6+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 games.

TITANS NOTES:

QB WILL LEVIS (rookie) completed 13 of 17 atts. (career-high 76.5 pct.) for 158 yards & 2 TD vs. 0 INTs with career-high 143.8 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 130+ rating in 2 of 1st 4 career starts. • RB DERRICK HENRY has 350 scrimmage yards (116.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 3 games in Ten. this season, with 100+ rush yards in each of past 2. Had 99 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 36 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Needs 37 rush yards for 7th-straight season with 700+ rush yards. • RB TYJAE SPEARS (rookie) has 55+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 games in Ten. this season. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 426 scrimmage yards (248 rush, 178 rec.) in 2023. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 4 catches for 59 yards & 75th-career rec. TD last week. Has 55+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Has 5+ catches in each of 3 career games vs. Car. Needs 5 catches to become 5thfastest player ever (156 games) to reach 900 career catches. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE has TD catch in each of 3 games in Ten. this season. • WR KYLE PHILLIPS has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had TFL & 1st-career TD catch last week, becoming 1st defensive player with rec. TD in NFL this season. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. Has 3.5 sacks in 3 games in Ten. this season, with 0.5+ sacks in each game. • DE DENICO AUTRY aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Has 0.5+ sacks in each of 3 games in Ten. this season. • DT TEAIR TART aims for 4th in row with TFL. • LB HAROLD LANDRY aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Had 8 tackles, 2 TFL, sack & PD in last meeting. • S TERRELL EDMUNDS had 1st sack of season in Week 11.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-6) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-9)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 4:05 PM ET

FOX: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) LAR: 83 or 380 ARI: 85 or 225

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: ARI leads series, 47-40-2 (LAR won 3 of past 4)

POSTSEASON: LAR leads series, 2-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/15/23: ARI 9 at LAR 26

POSTSEASON: 1/17/22 NFC-WC: ARI 11 at LAR 34

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 54,342 pass yards in 200 career games, 3rd-most by a player in his first 200 games in NFL history (Drew Brees – 55,439; Matt Ryan – 54,349). Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 107.3 rating in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row overall vs. Ari. & 5th in row at Ari. with 100+ rating. • RB ROYCE FREEMAN had season-high 73 rush yards last week. Had rush TD in his only career game vs. Ari. (10/18/18 w/ Den.). • RB KYREN WILLIAMS has 561 scrimmage yards (93.5 per game) & 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 games this season. Had career-high 158 rush yards & rush TD in Week 6 meeting. • WR COOPER KUPP had 7 catches for 148 yards & rec. TD in Week 6 meeting. Has 36 catches for 373 yards (74.6 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 5 career games at Ari. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with TD. • WR PUKA NACUA (rookie) had 5 catches for 70 yards & 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Leads all rookies with 69 receptions & 897 rec. yards. • TE TYLER HIGBEE has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ari. • DL AARON DONALD has 12 TFL in 2023, his 10th-straight season with 10+ TFL. Aims for his 5th in row on road with sack. Has 16 sacks & 26 TFL in 19 career games vs. Ari., incl. 3 TFL in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 8th in row at Ari. with sack & 10th in row vs. Ari. with TFL. • LB BYRON YOUNG leads all rookies with 5 sacks. • LB ERNEST JONES led team with 12 tackles & had half sack in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TFL. • CB DERION KENDRICK had career-high 3 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 11.

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY had 265 yards (214 pass, 51 rush) & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 11. Has 17 career games with both pass TD & rush TD, 4th-most by QB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Aims for his 3rd in row in 2023 with rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 30+ completions & 300+ pass yards. • RB JAMES CONNER rushed for 62 yards last week & has 50+ rush yards in 6 of his 7 games this season. Has 334 scrimmage yards (83.5 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. LAR, incl. 2 rush TDs in 3 of 4 games. • TE TREY MCBRIDE had 5 catches for 43 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 8+ catches & 95+ rec. yards. Had 62 rec. yards in Week 6 meeting. • WR RONDALE MOORE had 1st rec. TD of season last week. • WR MARQUISE BROWN needs 5 catches & 14 rec. yards for 4th-straight season with 50+ catches & 500+ rec. yards. Had career-high 14 catches for 140 yards in last home meeting. • WR GREG DORTCH led team with 6 catches & 76 rec. yards in Week 11. Had 9 catches for 80 yards in last home meeting. • DT DANTE STILLS (rookie) had sack last week & has TFL in 3 of his past 4. • LB BJ OJULARI had 4th sack of season last week, tied-2nd most among rookies. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row at home with sack. • LB KRYS BARNES had 1st-career INT last week. • S JALEN THOMPSON led team with 8 tackles, had 1st-career sack & 7th-career INT in Week 11. Had FR in last home meeting. • S BUDDA BAKER had INT in his last game vs. LAR (11/13/22). Since 2017, leads all DBs with 673 tackles. • CB ANTONIO HAMILTON had 1st INT of season last week.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-3) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-5)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 4:05 PM ET

FOX: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) CLE: 158 or 381 DEN: 81 or 226

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: DEN leads series, 21-7 (CLE won 2 of past 3)

POSTSEASON: DEN leads series, 3-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/21/21: DEN 14 at CLE 17

POSTSEASON: 1/14/90 AFC-C: CLE 21 at DEN 37

BROWNS NOTES:

BROWNS lead NFL in total defense (243.3 yards allowed per game) & pass defense (143.7 pass yards allowed per game). • QB DORIAN THOMPSON-ROBINSON (rookie) completed career-high 24 of 43 atts. (55.8 pct.) for 165 yards & won 1stcareer game as starter last week. • RB JEROME FORD had rush TD last week. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 road games this season. Has career-high 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 2023. • RB KAREEM HUNT has rush TD in 5 of past 6. Has 4 rush TDs in 3 road games this season, with rush TD in each game. Has 261 scrimmage yards (130.5 per game) in his past 2 vs. Den. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with TD. • WR AMARI COOPER has 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Had 10 catches for 116 yards in his last game at Den. (9/16/18 w/ Oak.). • WR ELIJAH MOORE had 6 catches for 60 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. • TE DAVID NJOKU had season-high 7 catches for 56 yards in Week 11. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 2 sacks last week, his 5th-straight game with sack. Has 4.5 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 3 on road. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Leads NFL with 13 sacks in 2023 & is 4th player since 1982 with 13+ sacks in 4 of 1st 7 seasons. • DE ZA’DARIUS SMITH had TFL last week. Has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Has 3 sacks in 2 career games vs. Den. • DE OGBO OKORONKWO had career-high 4 TFL & sack in Week 11. • LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. • CB DENZEL WARD has PD in 4 of past 5. Had FR in last road meeting.

BRONCOS NOTES:

BRONCOS have won 4 straight games for 1st time since 2015- 16, tied-longest active winning streak in NFL. • QB RUSSELL WILSON completed 27 of 35 atts. (77.1 pct.) for 259 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 106.7 rating last week, 7th game this season with 100+ rating, most in NFL. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs & 4th in row with 105+ rating. Has 12 TDs vs. INT with 108.3 rating in 6 home starts this season. Is 2-0 with 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs & 122.7 rating in 2 career starts vs. Cle. • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS aims for 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • RB SAMAJE PERINE had career-high 7 catches for 60 yards last week. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Cle. (12/11/22 w/ Cin.). • RB JALEEL MCLAUGHLIN (rookie) had career-high 5 catches in Week 11. Ranks tied-4th among rookie RBs with 19 catches in 2023. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 66 rec. yards & GW TD catch in 4th qtr. last week, his 5th-straight game with rec. TD, longest active streak in NFL. Has 5 catches in each of 3 career games vs. Cle. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 8 rec. TDs in 2023. • WR JERRY JEUDY has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. • LB ALEX SINGLETON led team with season-best 16 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 7 of past 8. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 at home. Had sack & FR in only career game vs. Cle. (11/22/20 w/ Phi.). • LB JOSEY JEWELL had 6 tackles & 1st FR of season in Week 11. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ tackles. • CB PAT SURTAIN II had PD last week & has PD in 3 of past 4. • CB JA’QUAN MCMILLIAN had INT & FR in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row with FR. Has INT in 2 of past 3. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS tied career high with 3 PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with 5+ tackles.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-3) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-6)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 4:25 PM ET

CBS: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) KC: 138 or 382 LV: 137 or 227

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: KC leads series, 70-53-2 (won 10 of past 11)

POSTSEASON: KC leads series, 2-1

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 1/7/23: KC 31 at LV 13

POSTSEASON: 12/28/91 AFC-WC: LAA 10 at KC 6

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES totaled 215 yards (177 pass, 38 rush) & had 2 TD passes last week, his 7th game this season with 2+ TD passes, tied-most in NFL. Has 65 career games with 2+ TD passes, tied with HOFer Dan Marino for most-ever by player in 1st 7 seasons. Is 9-1 with 29 TDs (27 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs & 112.5 rating in 10 career starts vs. Raiders, with 100+ rating in each of his past 5. • RB ISIAH PACHECO had 89 rush yards last week, 3rd-most in career. Aims for 3rd in row with 65+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. Rushed for 64 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB JERICK MCKINNON had TD catch in last meeting. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 7 catches & had 74th-career rec. TD last week, tied with Jason Witten for 5th-most rec. TDs ever by TE. Has 6+ catches in 7 of his past 8. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 6+ catches & 55+ rec. yards. Has 115+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games in LV. Has 361 rec. yards (120.3 per game) in 3 games vs. division this season. • WR RASHEE RICE (rookie) has 40+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Has 55+ rec. yards in each of 3 games vs. division this season. • WR JUSTIN WATSON had season-high 5 catches for 53 yards in Week 11. Has 40+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 road games this season. • DT CHRIS JONES had career-high 4 TFL & season-best 2 sacks last week. Had 2.5 sacks in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Myles Garrett) with 7+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. • DE GEORGE KARLAFTIS had sack last week & has sack in 3 of past 4. • LB DRUE TRANQUILL aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has TFL in 4 of past 5. Has sack in each of 3 games vs. division this season. • CB TRENT MCDUFFIE had career-high 2 sacks, FF & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF. Had 7 tackles & PD in last meeting. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 2 PD & 2nd INT of season last week.

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB AIDAN O’CONNELL (rookie) passed for career-high 271 yards & TD last week. Is 2-0 in 2 career home starts. • RB JOSH JACOBS aims for 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 487 scrimmage yards (97.4 per game) in 5 home games this season. Has 313 scrimmage yards (104.3 per game) in his past 3 vs. KC. Needs 74 scrimmage yards to join HOFer Marcus Allen as only players in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 5 seasons. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches for 82 yards & 91st-career rec. TD last week, surpassing HOFer Don Hutson (90) for 5thmost rec. TDs ever by player in 1st 10 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Has 898 rec. yards (112.3 per game) in 8 division games since joining LV in 2022. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS has 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of 5 home games this season. • WR HUNTER RENFROW set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (42) in Week 11. Had 7 catches for 63 yards & TD in last meeting & has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 6 tackles, sack & PD in Week 11. Has 5+ tackles in 7 of past 8 & sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with 2+ TFL & sack. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 14 TFL this season & tied-5th with 10.5 sacks. • LB ROBERT SPILLANE led team with 13 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. Is only AFC player with 7+ tackles in 10 games this season. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL & PD. • LB DIVINE DEABLO had 7 tackles & 1st FR of season in Week 11. • CB NATE HOBBS had 8 tackles, TFL & 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. • S ISAIAH POLA-MAO had 7 tackles & 1st-career INT last week.

BUFFALO BILLS (6-5) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-1)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023

GAME TIME: 4:25 PM ET

CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) BUF: 139 or 383 PHI: 82 or 228

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: BUF leads series, 8-6 (PHI won 4 of past 5)

POSTSEASON: —

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/27/19: PHI 31 at BUF 13

POSTSEASON: —

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 275 yards & 3 TDs with 108.2 rating last week, his 7th game this season with 2+ TD passes, tied-most in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row on road with rush TD. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. Is 19-5 in 24 career starts vs. NFC, with 5 straight wins. Has 205 combined pass & rush TDs in career, surpassing Patrick Mahomes (204) for most-ever by player in 1st 6 seasons. • RB JAMES COOK had 102 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 29 rec.) & TD catch last week, his 2nd-straight 100-yard game & 5th this season. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 5 of past 6. Needs 61 scrimmage yards for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. • RB TY JOHNSON had season-high 58 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 11 rush) & 1st TD catch of season in Week 11. • WR STEFON DIGGS has 6+ catches & 55+ rec. yards in each of 4 road games this season, with rec. TD in 3 of 4. Had 7 catches for 167 yards & 3 TDs in his last game vs. Phi. (10/13/19 w/ Min.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards, incl. playoffs. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 77 catches in 2023 & tied-3rd with 7 rec. TDs. • WR KHALIL SHAKIR led team with career-high 115 rec. yards & had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 55+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. • TE DALTON KINCAID (rookie) has 5+ catches in 5 straight games, longest active streak among TEs. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 75+ rec. yards. Ranks 3rd among all rookies & 4th among all TEs with 51 catches in 2023. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS had 3 PD, 2 INTs & FR last week, 2nd player this season with 2 INTs & FR in a game. Aims for 3rd in row with FR. • LB VON MILLER had 8 tackles, 2 TFL, sack & FF in only career game vs, Phi. (11/5/17 w/ Den.). • LB TYREL DODSON had 7 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. • DE LEONARD FLOYD had season-high 2.5 sacks in Week 11.

EAGLES NOTES:

EAGLES are 1st team since 2005-06 Colts to begin 9-1 or better in consecutive seasons. • QB JALEN HURTS had 10th-career game with 2+ rush TDs (2) last week, tied with Cam Newton (10) for most-ever by QB. Has 35 rush TDs, most-ever by QB in 1st 4 seasons. Needs 1 rush TD to become 1st QB ever with 10+ rush TDs in 3 straight seasons & 2nd QB ever (Newton) with 10+ rush TDs in 3 career seasons. Is 14-1 in his past 15 home starts with 38 TDs (24 pass, 14 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 104.7 rating. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 107 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 31 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 690 rush yards in 2023. Needs 113 scrimmage yards for 2ndcareer 1,000-yard season (2021). • WR A.J. BROWN ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 1,013 rec. yards in 2023. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TD catch. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. • WR DEVONTA SMITH had 6 catches for 99 yards last week. Needs 2 catches for 3rd-straight 50-catch season. Has 50+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 at home. • LB HAASON REDDICK aims for his 4th in row with sack. Needs 1.5 sacks for his 4th-straight 10-sack season. • CB DARIUS SLAY had 2 PD last week & has 10 PD in 2023, his 8th-career season with 10+ PD, most among active players. Aims for his 5th in row with PD. • S KEVIN BYARD had 2 PD & 1st INT with Phi. last week. Aims for his 4th in row with Phi. with 7+ tackles. Has 4 PD & 2 INTs in his past 4 vs. Buf. • CB BRADLEY ROBY had 9th-career FF last week.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-3) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-6)

DATE: Sunday, November 26, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:20 PM ET

NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark

Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Kurt Warner

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) BAL: 81 or 226 LAC: 85 or 225 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: BAL leads series, 8-5 (won 4 of past 5)

POSTSEASON: LAC leads series, 1-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/17/21: LAC 6 at BAL 34

POSTSEASON: 1/6/19 AFC-WC: LAC 23 at BAL 17

RAVENS NOTES:

RAVENS lead NFL in rushing offense (155.1 rush yards per game). • QB LAMAR JACKSON totaled 318 yards (264 pass, 54 rush) & had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs with 121.3 rating last week, his 4th game this season with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs, tied 3rd-most in NFL. Has 90+ rating in 4 of past 5 & 50+ rush yards in 2 of past 3. Is 4-1 with 10 TDs (6 pass, 4 rush) in 5 career starts on SNF. Leads QBs with 535 rush yards in 2023 & is 1st QB ever with 500+ rush yards in each of 1st 6 seasons. • RB GUS EDWARDS rushed for 62 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 5th-straight game with rush TD, longest active streak by RB in NFL. Has 2+ rush TDs in 3 of past 4. Had 105 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 13 rec.) in only career game vs. LAC (12/22/18). Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 10 rush TDs this season. • RB KEATON MITCHELL (rookie) has rush TD in 2 of past 3. • WR ZAY FLOWERS (rookie) has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 road games this season. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 53 catches. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. led team with 116 rec. yards last week, 1st 100-yard game since 2019. • WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 3rd TD catch of season last week. Has 55+ rec. yards in each of 3 career games at LAC. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN had 1st TD of catch of season in Week 11. • LB ROQUAN SMITH had 10 tackles last week, his 7th game this season with 10+ tackles, tied 2nd-most in NFL. • LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for 3rd in row with sack. • DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE has 0.5+ sacks in 8 straight games, longest active streak in NFL, & full sack in 6 straight. • S GENO STONE has INT in 4 of 5 road games this season. Ties for NFL lead with career-high 6 INTs in 2023. • S MARCUS WILLIAMS had season-high 7 tackles & 2 PD last week.

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 260 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 99.3 rating last week & had season-high 73 rush yards. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Aims for 4th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 275+ pass yards & 100+ rating in each of 4 career home starts on SNF. Has 113 career TD passes & can surpass Patrick Mahomes (114) for 2nd-most ever by player in 1st 4 seasons. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 70 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 6 rec.) last week, his 4th-straight game with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 3 of past 4. Has 464 scrimmage yards (116 per game) in 4 home games this season. Has 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in 8 career games on SNF & aims for his 4th in row on SNF with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 10 catches for 116 yards & TD last week, his 2nd-straight & 18th-career game with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards, tied 3rd-most in NFL history. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 at home. Has 5+ catches in each of 4 career games vs. Bal. Aims for his 11th in row in primetime with 5+ catches. Leads NFL with 83 catches in 2023. • TE DONALD PARHAM had career-high 57 rec. yards last week. • TE STONE SMARTT had 1st-career TD catch in Week 11. • LB KHALIL MACK had 2 sacks, FF & PD last week, 3rd game this season with 2+ sacks & FF, most in NFL. Has 2 sacks & FF in 2 of past 3. Aims for 5th in row at home with TFL. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 in primetime. Ranks 4th in NFL with 11 sacks in 2023. • LB KENNETH MURRAY led team with 10 tackles in Week 11. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 at home. • DT SEBASTIAN JOSEPH-DAY had 3rd sack of season last week. • S DERWIN JAMES aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 8 tackles & FF in last meeting.

CHICAGO BEARS (3-8) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-5)

DATE: Monday, November 27, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET

ESPN: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters

Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) CHI: 81 or 226 MIN: 83 or 225 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: MIN leads series, 66-56-2 (won past 5)

POSTSEASON: CHI leads series, 1-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 10/15/23: MIN 19 at CHI 13

POSTSEASON: 1/1/95 NFC-WC: CHI 35 at MIN 18

BEARS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN FIELDS completed 16 of 23 atts. (69.6 pct.) for 169 yards & TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 105.2 rating & rushed for 104 yards in Week 11. Became 3rd QB ever (Lamar Jackson & Michael Vick) with 5+ career games (5) with 100+ rush yards. Needs 96 rush yards to join Jackson & Cam Newton as only QBs with 2,000+ rush yards in 1st 3 career seasons. Has TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 95+ rating in 2 of his 3 career starts vs. Min. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN tied his career high with his 5th rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. • RB KHALIL HERBERT has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row in primetime with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR DJ MOORE had 7 catches for 96 yards & 6th rec. TD of season last week. Has 59 catches in 2023, his 6th-straight season with 50+ receptions. Needs 111 rec. yards for 4th-career 1,000- yard season. Had 5 catches for 51 yards in Week 6 meeting. Has 805 rec. yards (80.5 per game) in 10 career primetime games. • TE COLE KMET aims for his 4th in row in primetime with 5+ receptions. Has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB T.J. EDWARDS had 9 tackles & 1st INT of season last week, his 3rd-career INT. Leads NFL with 119 tackles in 2023. Had sack & FF in Week 6 meeting. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS had 8 tackles & 2nd INT of season last week. Has 4 PD in his past 4. Had FR in Week 6 meeting. • LB JACK SANBORN had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 1st sack with Chi. last week. Has 7.5 sacks & 7 TFL in 11 career primetime games. • CB TYRIQUE STEVENSON (rookie) had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB JOSHUA DOBBS passed for 221 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 11, becoming 1st player ever with both pass TD & rush TD in each of his 1st 3 games with a team. Is 4th QB ever (Justin Fields, Kyler Murray & Cam Newton) with rush TD in 5 straight games. Aims for his 5th in row overall with both pass & rush TD. • RB ALEXANDER MATTISON rushed for 81 yards last week. Has 705 scrimmage yards in 2023 & needs 15 scrimmage yards for new career high (719 in 2021). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 60+ scrimmage yards. • RB TY CHANDLER had career-high 110 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 37 rec.) in Week 11, his 1st-career 100-yard game. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON has 571 rec. yards (114.2 per game) in 5 games this season. Has 25 catches for 365 yards (121.7 per game) & rec. TD in 3 career home games vs. Chi., with 100+ rec. yards in each game. Aims for his 3rd in row in primetime with 135+ rec. yards. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON leads all TEs in receptions (75) & rec. yards (736) in 2023. Aims for his 8th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 50 yards in Week 6 meeting. • WR JORDAN ADDISON leads all rookies in rec. TDs (7), ranks 3rd in rec. yards (647) & 5th in receptions (48). Aims for his 6th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in Week 6 meeting. • LB DANIELLE HUNTER leads NFL with 16 TFL & ranks 2nd with 12 sacks this season. Had 2 sacks in Week 6 meeting & has 12 TFL in 13 career games vs. Chi. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 MNF games. • LB D.J. WONNUM had 6th sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 7.5 sacks in 7 career games vs. Chi. • S CAMRYN BYNUM leads all DBs with 91 tackles, S HARRISON SMITH ranks tied-5th (71 tackes) & S JOSH METELLUS ranks tied-7th (68).

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 6 OREGON BLOWS OUT NO. 16 OREGON ST.

Heisman Trophy candidate Bo Nix completed 33 of 40 passes for 367 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown, and the No. 6 Oregon Ducks had much to celebrate on their home field in Eugene, Ore., after their 31-7 win over No. 16 Oregon State on Friday.

The game could mark the Ducks’ final rivalry game against the Beavers for some time, gives them a spot in the last Pac-12 Championship game against No. 4 Washington, and furthers their bid for a place in the College Football Playoff. Oregon (11-1) won its sixth straight game and finished 8-1 in the Pac-12.

Oregon State (8-4, 5-4) managed just 273 yards of total offense, including 53 on the ground after what had been a successful rushing attack all season. The Ducks held the Pac-12’s second-leading rusher, Damien Martinez, to 38 yards.

Oregon’s offense has often been a quick-strike unit this season, but on Friday, the Ducks chewed time off the clock with two lengthy touchdown drives in the first half. Nix also set the Ducks’ single-season completions record with his 305th of the season, a third-quarter pass to Troy Franklin for 17 yards.

No. 7 Texas 57, Texas Tech 7

Jaydon Blue ran for 121 yards and a touchdown and Keilan Robinson scored on a 10-yard run and a 95-yard kickoff return as the Longhorns produced a statement with a 57-7 victory over the Red Raiders in Austin, Texas, in the teams’ final Big 12 Conference regular-season game.

Quarterback Quinn Ewers passed for 196 yards and a touchdown with one interception as the Longhorns (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) won their sixth straight contest and clinched a spot in the Big 12 Conference championship game against either No. 13 Oklahoma or No. 20 Oklahoma State.

Jett Bush returned a deflected interception 43 yards for another score, and Burt Auburn kicked five field goals for the Longhorns in the win that featured the much anticipated debut of freshman quarterback Arch Manning late in the third. The Longhorns’ defense did the rest, holding Texas Tech (6-6, 5-4) to just 198 total yards. Behren Morton passed for 88 yards and Tahj Brooks had 95 yards on 19 carries for the Red Raiders.

No. 9 Missouri 48, Arkansas 14

Southeastern Conference leading rusher Cody Schrader ran for a career-high 217 yards and a score as the Tigers reached double-digit wins for the first time since 2014, pasting the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark.

Schrader achieved the yardage on 27 carries, but the lion’s share of his work — 192 yards — came on 22 first-half attempts. Quarterback Brady Cook was 12-of-20 for 112 yards, rushed for a score and tossed two touchdowns to Brett Norfleet, from 16 and 11 yards.

The win should put the Tigers (10-2, 6-2 SEC) into a New Year’s Six bowl game, with their only two losses coming to ranked opponents LSU and Georgia. Missouri moved the Battle Line Rivalry series record to 11-4 in its favor against the Razorbacks (4-8, 1-7), who lost for the ninth time in the past 11 outings against their border rival.

No. 11 Penn State 42, Michigan State 0

Drew Allar completed 17 of 26 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Nittany Lions past the Spartans in Detroit.

Kaytron Allen rushed for 137 yards on 15 carries and Nicholas Singleton piled up 118 yards on 18 carries for Penn State (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten).

The Nittany Lions dominated throughout, collecting 23 first downs to five for Michigan State 4-8, 2-7), outgaining the Spartans 586-68 and possessing the football for more than 36 minutes. Penn State’s defense collected seven sacks.

No. 13 Oklahoma 69, TCU 45

Dillon Gabriel threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Sooners past the Horned Frogs in Norman, Okla.

Gabriel moved into seventh place in NCAA career passing yards in the win, passing three players including former Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield on
the list. Gabriel now has 14,865 career passing yards.

The Sooners’ 69 points were their most in a conference game since beating Texas A&M 77-0 in 2003. Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) kept its hopes alive to make the Big 12 championship game by recording its third straight win. TCU (5-7, 3-6) fell despite getting 344 yards and four touchdown passes from Josh Hoover.

No. 17 Iowa 13, Nebraska 10

Backup kicker Marshall Meeder kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give the Hawkeyes a narrow road win over the Cornhuskers. Meeder, a transfer from Central Michigan who had not appeared in a game this season, was called on for the game-winning kick after starter Drew Stevens had a pair of field goals blocked in the first half.

Iowa defensive lineman Ethan Hurkett intercepted a pass near midfield with 15 seconds left and Leshon Williams broke off a 22-yard run to set up Meeder’s kick. Williams ran for 111 yards on 16 carries.

Iowa (10-2, 7-2) won the Heroes Trophy despite being outgained 264-257 and managing only 57 yards in the second half. Nebraska turned it over three times, giving it an FBS-worst 31 turnovers this season.

No. 23 Tulsa 29, UTSA 16

Makhi Hughes rushed for a season-high 166 yards and a touchdown and the Green Wave claimed a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game with victory over the Roadrunners in New Orleans.

Hughes had his seventh 100-yard game of the season and Michael Pratt threw two touchdown passes to Chris Brazzell II for the Green Wave (11-1, 8-0 AAC), who won their 10th consecutive game. Tulane, which scored 17 points off five UTSA turnovers, will host the AAC title game Dec. 2 with SMU being the most likely opponent.

Frank Harris completed 25 of 38 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown for the Roadrunners (8-4, 7-1).

GREATEST OF THE GAMES: 6 OF THE MOST MEMORABLE MEETINGS BETWEEN OHIO STATE AND MICHIGAN

If it is Michigan-Ohio State it is most likely a huge game.

No rivalry has produced more games matching Associated Press ranked teams (No. 49 on Saturday), top-10 matchups (26) and top-five games (13).

The Game is filled with lore and legends and thrilling performances.

Even before the second-ranked Buckeyes and third-ranked Wolverines kick off Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the 119th meeting will be historic.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will not be on the sideline as he serves the final game of a suspension handed down by the Big Ten for an alleged in-person scouting and sign-stealing scheme that is under investigation by the NCAA.

The animosity between the heated rivals has probably never been higher and the stakes are massive with Big Ten and national championship implications. One day it will make the list of the six most memorable Ohio State-Michigan games (in chronological order).

THE SNOW BOWL

A winter storm swept through Columbus, Ohio, covering the field with snow and dropped temperature into the teens for the game on Nov. 25, 1950. The weather was bad enough that canceling the game was considered. That would have given No. 8 Ohio State the trip to the Rose Bowl.

“One of the worst days for football we’ve ever had,” a broadcaster said as the game began.

They played, and the teams slipped and slid through 45 punts and a total of three first downs. Michigan scored a touchdown and a safety and Ohio State a field goal, all came off botched punts.

The Wolverines pulled the 9-3 upset and went to the Rose Bowl. The loss was the fourth straight for the Buckeyes under coach Wes Fesler, who resigned soon after. Ohio State hired Woody Hayes, who went on to become the winningest coach in school history.

VOTE FOR THE ROSE BOWL

No. 1 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan were unbeaten when they met in 1973 at the height of what is known as the 10-Year War in the rivalry between Hayes and Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, his protege.

A 10-10 tie played on a rain-soaked field produced unforgettable drama — Ohio State players famously swarmed the M Club banner before kickoff — and controversy. The Big Ten only sent its champion to the postseason at the time. To determine which team got the Rose Bowl bid, Big Ten athletic directors voted and Ohio State won. Schembechler was furious and never fully got over being snubbed.

THE BIAKABUTUKA GAME

The theme of The Game in the mid-1990s was Michigan ruining Ohio State’s season and making life miserable for Buckeyes coach John Cooper (2-10-1 vs. the Wolverines). In 1995, No. 2 and unbeaten Ohio State’s heart was broken by one of the greatest individual performances in the history of the sport: Tim Biakabutuka ran for 313 yards against the Buckeyes and No. 18 Michigan won 31-23.

GAME OF THE CENTURY

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Michigan in 2006 came with a spot in the BCS championship game on the line. The buildup was enormous — and then the day before the game Schembechler died unexpectedly at 77.

The game lived up to the hype and played out like nothing Woody and Bo would have recognized during their battles. Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and the Buckeyes traded big plays with the Wolverines. Ohio State won 42-39 and played for the national championship.

There was a debate about whether the two should have been rematched for the national title. That didn’t happen and that BCS title game didn’t work out well for the Buckeyes against Florida, but Ohio State and Jim Tressel were about to go on a long run of dominating the Michigan rivalry.

THE SPOT

Urban Meyer took over for Tressel in 2012 at Ohio State and Michigan was mired in mediocrity in the post Lloyd Carr-era.

Michigan hired former star quarterback Jim Harbaugh as coach to turn around the program in 2015 and quickly he had the Wolverines in position to win the Big Ten title in 2016.

That year, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan played the first overtime game in the history of the series and the Wolverines took a three-point lead on their first possession.

The Buckeyes had a fourth-and-1 on their possession, and Meyer went for it instead of kicking for a tie. J.T. Barrett just barely made the line to gain and the spot was upheld on review. Moments later, Curtis Samuel scored a walk-off touchdown and Harbaugh said he was “bitterly disappointed with the officiating” after the 30-27 loss.

THE FLIP

By 2021, Ohio State had won eight straight and 14 of 15 against Michigan. The Game was canceled in 2020 pandemic season, prompting suggestions that the struggling Wolverines were ducking the Buckeyes.

Harbaugh faced enormous criticism for not being able to beat Ohio State. That ended on a cold day two years ago amid light snow in Ann Arbor. Michigan bullied Ohio State 42-27 and went on to win the Big Ten and make the College Football Playoff.

COLORADO’S DEION SANDERS SET TO ADD WARREN SAPP TO STAFF

Warren Sapp is expected to join the coaching staff of fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame member Deion Sanders at Colorado in 2024.

Sanders said he was adding Sapp during his weekly coaching show this week.

“I’m excited about Coach Sapp,” Sanders said Wednesday. “He’s going to be invaluable to what he brings to the table … as far as the recruits as well, they’re going to love him.”

Sapp, who played defensive tackle in the NFL, spent time with the Colorado program in the 2023 season in an unofficial role. Sanders did not indicate what position Sapp, 50, would fill.

Colorado began the first season of Sanders’ coaching tenure with a 3-0 record but has lost five straight games to fall to 4-7, with just one win in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes will close their season on Saturday at Utah (7-4).

REPORT: MISSISSIPPI STATE QB WILL ROGERS EXPECTED TO TRANSFER

Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers is expected to put his name in the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports reported Friday.

Rogers threw for 207 yards and ran for a touchdown in Thursday night’s 17-7 loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.

Rogers would be a graduate transfer, and he immediately would attract interest. He is the second-leading passer in Southeastern Conference history with 12,315 yards and second with 94 career passing touchdowns.

He started the past four seasons for the Bulldogs.

Rogers threw for 1,626 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions in eight games in 2023. He missed four due to an upper-body injury.

With the loss on Thursday, Mississippi State (5-7) is not bowl eligible.

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JAYDEN DANIELS MAKES LAST HEISMAN PUSH AS NO. 14 LSU FACES TEXAS A&M

Quarterback Jayden Daniels will make the closing argument in his case for winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

Daniels, the nation’s leader in total offense (417.4 yards per game), will lead the No. 14 LSU (8-3, 5-2 SEC) against Texas A&M (7-4, 4-3) in Baton Rouge, La.

Daniels has been a part of the Heisman conversation all season, but he has gained more recognition with consecutive historic performances in victories against Florida and Georgia State the past two weeks.

“I truly think he’s the best player in the country,” LSU head coach Brian Kelly said. “What he’s doing is so different in terms of what I’ve seen throughout my career in terms of pushing the ball down the field, the accuracy in terms of dropping balls into tight coverages, running the football and the assertiveness.

“These aren’t cupcake throws, all of his throws are vertical throws and his runs, he’s making people miss. He shows toughness and that guy’s a football player and he’s playing the game of football at a level I’ve never seen before.”

Daniels will be facing an Aggies defense that’s ranked No. 8 nationally in total defense (286.5 yards per game), which would further enhance his candidacy if he can continue compiling the statistics he has all season.

This game also is a showcase for Daniels’ top two passing targets — Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas, who are among the 15 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top wide receiver. Nabers needs four receptions and 144 receiving yards to become LSU’s career leader in both categories.

The Aggies will be playing their second game and first SEC contest under interim head coach Elijah Robertson, who was promoted from co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach when Jimbo Fisher was fired earlier this month.

Texas A&M defeated Abilene Christian 38-10 last Saturday in its first game under Robertson.

Robertson turned the defensive line responsibilities over to assistant Tony Jerod-Eddie so he could focus on “the overall whole picture of things.” He had offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino move to the sideline from the coaching booth so he could communicate face to face with offensive players.

“The main thing was just having ears and giving my input on both sides of the ball and all three phases of the ball from special teams, offense and defense,” Robertson said of his adjustment.

The Aggies find themselves trying to play spoiler for Daniels just as they played spoiler against the Tigers last season. LSU was headed to the SEC championship game and in contention for a CFP berth at No. 5 when it went into College Station and lost 38-23 to a Texas A&M team that wasn’t going to be bowl eligible.

“I thought those guys responded to a great challenge they had,” Robertson said. “At the moment, the team we were going to play, LSU, they were getting ready to go get ready for a conference championship.

“And our guys for them that was like, ‘OK, well, this is our last game, let’s go out and play the best as we can.’ And it all came together. I thought all three phases last year came together and played well.”

  • Texas A&M has won three of the last five games in this series, including last year’s contest (38-23). However, the Aggies have lost five straight in Baton Rouge.
  • Against Georgia State, Jayden Daniels became the only FBS player in the last 25 years to throw for 400+ yards and 6+ touchdowns while also rushing for multiple TDs. Daniels has scored through the air and on the ground in seven games this season, tied for most in the FBS (Missouri’s Brady Cook, Liberty’s Kaidon Salter).
  • Against Georgia State, Malik Nabers (140/2), Brian Thomas Jr. (103/1) and Kyren Lacy (101/2) became the second SEC trio in the last 25 years to each have 100+ receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in the same game. The other was Ole Miss’s A.J. Brown, DaMarkus Lodge and DK Metcalf (October 6, 2018).
  • Texas A&M is one of three FBS teams ranking in the top 10 of both yards allowed per game (eighth) and third-down percentage allowed (ninth), along with Georgia and Ohio State.
  • Seven different Aggies have caught multiple touchdown passes this season, tied for the second most in the FBS (Kansas State — 8). In the past 25 years, only the 2014 and 2004 Texas A&M teams have had as many receivers as this years squad (both with seven).

PRIZE GAMES IMMINENT, NO. 10 LOUISVILLE FIRST GREETS RIVAL KENTUCKY

An 11-win season is within Louisville’s grasp for the first time since 2012 with a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game already clinched.

While bigger accomplishments are in sight, the No. 10 Cardinals are keeping their focus tightly on their Saturday opponent as they look to halt a four-game losing skid against fierce rival Kentucky when the teams meet in Louisville, Ky.

The visiting Wildcats (6-5) have dropped five of six games since a strong start but the Cardinals (10-1) only need to look at the recent results of the Governor’s Cup series to become greatly concerned.

The Wildcats have won by an average of 30.5 points during their four-game series winning streak and that includes steamrolling the Cardinals in the last two games held at Louisville. Kentucky rolled to a 56-10 win in 2018 and a 52-21 victory in 2021.

First-year Cardinals coach Jeff Brohm — a former quarterback at the school — is aware the fan base has been highly distressed over the recent one-sided setbacks.

“The full focus needs to be on this game, because in my opinion, this is the most important game of the rest of the season,” Brohm said. “So we can talk about it all we want, this is the most important game, and our guys need to understand that preparing and trying to win this game needs to be the complete focus.

“If we want to make our fans happy, and give them a good Thanksgiving, we’ve got to go win the game. We’ve got to really crank this thing up this week.”

Louisville has won its last four games, including a 38-31 road win over Miami last weekend. The Cardinals will face No. 5 Florida State in the ACC title game on Dec. 2.

Kentucky’s fortunes went downhill rapidly after the fast start. Three of the Wildcats’ five losses have been by 17 or more points.

Last week, the Wildcats lost 17-14 at South Carolina. Kentucky turned the ball over three times without a takeaway.

“This is not the time to point fingers and throw any one person or any area (under the bus),” Wildcats coach Mark Stoops said. “We had an opportunity to win that game.”

Stoops now has his focus on the Cardinals as beating a powerful Louisville squad to keep the streak going would rate as the highlight of the season.

“Well, it’ll be a big win for us. It’s the last game of the year,” Stoops said. “It’s been a tough stretch, without a doubt, but this is another game. It certainly doesn’t salvage some of the things that we’ve done or anything like that, we don’t look at it that way, we look at it like it’s another opportunity.

“We play a lot of big games here. This one, I’ve said it from the moment I walked in here that it was important. I know the importance of it to our fan base and to the community and I’ve acknowledged that for 11 years.”

Kentucky running back Ray Davis is just 10 yards away from producing the 15th 1,000-yard rushing campaign in school history.

Louisville has its own solid runner in Jahwar Jordan, who has 1,009 yards on the ground.

Safety Devin Neal (four interceptions) and defensive end Ashton Gillotte (10 sacks) lead a Cardinals’ defense that has pitched two shutouts and held another club to three points.

Meanwhile, Brohm doesn’t want to hear chatter about the ACC championship game until the clash with Kentucky is over.

“It’s a one-game season,” Brohm said. “It’s a rivalry game against a really good, talented opponent that’s well coached and that’s won a lot of games against our program over the last four years.”

Kentucky leads the series 19-15.

  • Kentucky is 19-15 all-time against Louisville and has won each of the last four meetings by 13+ points. The Cardinals have not lost five straight to a single opponent by 13+ points since dropping eight straight to Florida State between 1980 and 2000.
  • The Wildcats have lost their last road matchups against AP Top 25 by a margin of 38 points each; no SEC team since 1980 has lost three straight road games against AP Top 25 opponents by 38+ points.
  • Ray Davis leads Kentucky in rushing touchdowns (12) and receiving touchdowns (five). Davis is the only FBS player leading his team in both categories and is looking to become the first Wildcat to lead in both since Randall Cobb in 2009.
  • Louisville has scored 31+ and won each of its last three games, all against ACC opponents. This is the first time the Cardinals have won three-plus straight while scoring 31 or more points against conference opponents since winning four in a row in 2016.
  • Tight end Nate Kurisky led all twelve of the Louisville players to record a catch with five receptions in last Saturday’s win: the Cardinals second game having 12+ players with a catch. The Cardinals had just five total such games in the previous 25 years.

TOP DEFENSES MATCH UP AS NO. 2 OHIO STATE VISITS NO. 3 MICHIGAN

The bitter rivalry between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan has brokered many a storyline, and the 2023 edition will add a strange chapter when the teams meet Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

On the line are a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game against Iowa and College Football Playoff implications, but Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be serving the last of a three-game suspension. He was sidelined by the conference because of the sign-stealing scheme organized by former recruiting analyst Connor Stalions.

Harbaugh is allowed to coach during the week, but offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore will be the acting head coach on game day, as he was for wins over Penn State and Maryland. Whatever his title, Moore realizes the gravity of the rivalry.

“We all know what it means,” he said. “It’s The Game. It’s the one you practice, you play for, you work for all year. So, we all know the stakes. And that would give us a chance to go to repeat our Big Ten title.”

The Wolverines (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) seek their third straight win against the Buckeyes for the first time since 1995-97.

“We are in a position to be in position. That’s what we know,” Harbaugh said. “(We’re) 11-0, they’re 11-0. Everything, all focus and preparation, is on this game — as it should be.”

The Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0) are out for revenge after dominating The Game for years. They won eight in a row from 2012-19 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of the 2020 game.

Since then, the Wolverines won 42-27 at home in 2021 and 45-23 last season in Columbus.

“There are guys with scars, and I’m one of them,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Tuesday. “It just drives you every day to work harder and make sure you do everything possible to win the game.”

Even with blowouts in the past two meetings, the numbers suggest a down-in-the-trenches, low-scoring game. The Wolverines are first nationally in scoring defense (9.0), total defense (234.8 yards per game) and defensive touchdowns (five) and are second in pass defense (144.8), just behind Ohio State’s 144.4.

The Buckeyes are second in scoring defense (9.3) and third in total defense (252.9)

“They’re going to provide a challenge, but we’re always up for a challenge,” Michigan running back Blake Corum said. “They’re fundamentally sound. They play good as a unit and they fly around, so I think it will be a good game. We just have to have a good week of preparation and prepare for a top defense.”

The Buckeyes were selected for the College Football Playoff last season despite the loss to Michigan and fell to Georgia in the semifinals, but Ohio State cornerback Denzel Burke understands the responsibility to beat the Wolverines.

“I’m not just doing it for myself,” he said. “I’m doing it for my teammates. I’m doing it for my head coach. I’m doing it for our coaches. I’m doing it for the state of Ohio. We don’t want to let them down.”

  • Michigan has won back-to-back games in this series for the first time since 1999 and 2000. The Wolverines haven’t won three straight against Ohio State since 1995-1997. The last time the Buckeyes beat a Michigan team ranked in the AP Top 5 in Ann Arbor was in 1975 (0-5 in such games since then).
  • Ohio State beat Minnesota, 37-3, at home last week, one week after beating Michigan State, 38-3. This is the fifth time the Buckeyes have had back-to-back games with 37 or more points scored and three or fewer points allowed in the last 40 years (also 2016, 2006, 1996 and 1995).
  • Marvin Harrison Jr. hauled in his 13th receiving touchdown of the season, tied for second most in the FBS (LSU’s Brian Thomas Jr. has 14). Harrison has a touchdown catch in nine of his 11 games this season — only USC’s Brenden Rice (10) has more such games. The last Ohio State player to catch a TD in 10 games in a season was David Boston in 1997.
  • Michigan beat Maryland, 31-24, on the road last week after winning by nine points at Penn State the week before. Michigan’s first nine wins of the season all came by at least 24 points. Michigan’s 99 points allowed this season are the fewest in the FBS, three fewer than Ohio State (102). Every other school has allowed at least 136 points.
  • With two scores last week, Blake Corum reached 20 rushing touchdowns on the season, four more than any other FBS player and tied for the most rushing touchdowns in a season by any Wolverine — Hassan Haskins also had 20 in 2021. His 51 career rushing touchdowns are second most in Michigan history (Anthony Thomas had 55 from 1997-2000).

FRESHMAN QB, NO. 15 ARIZONA FOCUS ON ASU, STILL IN PAC-12 HUNT

No. 15 Arizona continues to ride its surprising surge seeking a sixth consecutive victory when it plays the Territorial Cup rivalry game at Arizona State on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

The Wildcats (8-3, 6-2) haven’t won six in a row since they won their 2013 bowl game against Boston College and then ripped off five consecutive victories to begin the 2014 regular season.

Four victories in the current winning streak came against ranked teams, including last Saturday’s 42-18 victory against then-No. 22 Utah.

“Our guys, they play confidently,” said third-year Arizona coach Jedd Fisch, whose is making a run for national coach of the year honors after his team was picked to finish eighth in the conference in a preseason media poll.

The Sun Devils (3-8, 2-6) are coming off a 49-13 loss to Oregon, but they have posted conference wins over Washington State (38-27) and UCLA (17-7) in the past month.

This will be the first Arizona-ASU game for Kenny Dillingham as the Sun Devils’ head coach, although he has experience in the Territorial Cup as an assistant coach and student at ASU.

“I told our guys today, we’ve got to play with a passion and intensity and fire in our belly to go out there to win the football game,” Dillingham said in his Monday press conference. “But you also have to play with a poise and composure.”

Poise and composure describe the play of Arizona redshirt freshman quarterback Noah Fifita, who has started the past seven games, stepping in for an injured Jayden de Laura and not relinquishing the job.

Fifita has completed 187 of 254 passes for 1,988 yards, with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. His passing efficiency rating of 159.6 is 15th nationally.

The Wildcats have plenty of skill around him including wide receivers Tetairoa McMillan (69 catches for 976 yards and nine TDs) and Jacob Cowing (74 for 539 and 10). Running back Jonah Coleman has 834 rushing yards and is averaging 7.1 per carry.

Arizona State has dealt with health issues at quarterback almost all season and there’s a chance Jaden Rashada could return from injury for the season finale. The freshman has played in only two games but still leads ASU in touchdown passes with three.

Otherwise, Trenton Bourguet figures to get the call again. He is 151 of 248 for 1,586 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

Bourguet threw for 376 yards against the Wildcats last season, but Arizona ended a five-game losing streak in the series with a 38-35 victory.

It’s a big turnaround from just a few years ago, when ASU humbled Arizona 70-7 in Tucson in 2020. Some ASU fans celebrated by purchasing space on a billboard along Interstate 10 between the schools, with the score of the game bookending the message: “No pity for the kitty.”

Although only a handful of players remain from that Arizona team, and the soon-to-be-fired Kevin Sumlin was still the coach, the loss still resonates with Arizona. Fisch was asked Monday about how he explains the heated rivalry to new players.

“I showed them a billboard,” he said.

By late Friday night, Arizona will know if it will be playing for a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against Washington. The door will be open if Oregon State wins at Oregon.

  • Arizona has lost five straight games at Arizona State, all by double digits. It’s tied for the longest streak of double-digit road losses by Arizona against a single opponent in the last 40 years (active streak at Washington).
  • Noah Fifita has completed 73.6% of his passes this season, on pace to be the highest mark by a freshman in FBS history (min. 200 attempts). The current record is 72.2, set by Colorado State’s Clay Millen last year.
  • Jacob Cowing (10) and Tetairoa McMillan (9) could become the fourth different Pac-12 teammate duo in the last 25 years to have 10+ TD receptions apiece, along with USC’s Marqise Lee and Robert Woods (2011 and 2012), Washington State’s Gabe Marks and Dom Williams (2015) and Washington’s Dante Pettis and John Ross III (2016).
  • Trenton Bourguet has just one TD pass in 248 pass attempts this season. His touchdown percentage (0.4) is on pace to be the lowest by any FBS QB with at least 200 attempts in a season in the last 25 years.
  • Arizona State is on pace to be the third FBS team in the last 25 years (excluding the shortened 2020 season) to throw at least three times as many interceptions as their opponents (12 to 4) while also allowing at least three times as many TD passes as they threw (23 to 7). The others are Colorado in 2012 and Rice in 2017

JALEN MILROE, NO. 8 ALABAMA POSE DAUNTING TASK FOR AUBURN

No. 8 Alabama will look to remain in the College Football Playoff hunt when it hits the road to take on rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

Behind three touchdown passes from Jalen Milroe and a combined five rushing scores, the Crimson Tide (10-1, 7-0 SEC) trounced FCS opponent Chattanooga 66-10 to earn its ninth win in a row.

Milroe has thrown for three touchdowns in consecutive games, boosting his total to 19 for the season. Through 11 games, the speedy dual threat has passed for 2,267 yards and rushed for 332 yards and a team-high 12 scores, which ranks fourth in the SEC.

Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged the task his team faces in stopping Milroe just one week after New Mexico State quarterback Diego Pavia carved up the Tigers’ defense.

In a stunning 31-10 loss to the Aggies, Pavia passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 35 yards.

“It’s a very difficult task for sure,” Freeze said. “I don’t know that you completely do that. You gotta hope that you do limit those explosive plays somewhat, but stopping him, no one’s really done that.”

Alabama may look to copy New Mexico State’s blueprint in attacking an Auburn defense that held Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Arkansas to 15 points or fewer prior to last week’s disappointing performance against the Aggies.

Bruising backs Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams join Milroe in headlining an Alabama ground attack that averages 4.5 yards per carry and 176.3 yards per game. McClellan has rushed for 737 yards and six touchdowns, while Williams has 467 yards and three scores.

Jermaine Burton, Isaiah Bond and Kobe Prentice have been Milroe’s top options in the passing game. Burton has 29 receptions for 642 yards and six touchdowns, while Bond has a team-high 34 catches for 467 yards and three scores.

The Crimson Tide defense, led by linebackers Chris Braswell and Dallas Turner, is allowing just 17.3 points per game. Star Malachi Moore and freshman sensation Caleb Downs, who doubles as a dynamite punt returner, are key secondary performers who will look to clamp down on an inconsistent Auburn offense.

Moore also is part of a senior class that’s looking to extend Alabama’s winning streak to four games over Auburn.

“It would definitely be big just to go 4-0 against them,” Moore said. “It’s something that we take pride in here just because we never want to lose a game first of all, but second of all it’s a rivalry and we’re just going to go out there and compete and do our best to have fun out there.”

If Auburn (6-5, 3-4) hopes to pull the upset, quarterback Payton Thorne and tailback Jarquez Hunter will have to spark an offense that had 209 total yards and 10 first downs a week ago. The Tigers held the ball for just 21 minutes, 26 seconds.

Thorne has passed for 1,580 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 463 yards and four scores. Hunter was limited to just 27 yards rushing a week ago, but he has 772 yards and seven scores for the season.

Rivaldo Fairweather and Jay Fair have been Thorne’s favorite options in a passing attack that’s struggled with drops. Fairweather has a team-leading six scores, while Fair has 30 catches for 300 yards and two touchdowns.

Auburn’s defense enters the Alabama game with 27 sacks.

  • This will be the 88th edition of the Iron Bowl, with Alabama holding a 49-37 lead in the all-time series (one tie). Alabama is looking for its fourth straight win in the series, which would be its longest winning streak over Auburn since a nine-game streak from 1973 to 1981.
  • Alabama has 15 rushing touchdowns over its last three games, rushing for at least four scores in each game. It is the first time under Nick Saban (since 2007) that the Crimson Tide have rushed for four or more touchdowns in three straight games.
  • Jalen Milroe is averaging 10.6 yards per passing attempt this season, which ranks second among qualifying FBS quarterbacks (Jayden Daniels — 11.8). The only qualifying Alabama quarterbacks with a higher mark in the last 25 years are Tua Tagovailoa (twice) and Mac Jones.
  • Auburn is coming off a 31-10 loss to New Mexico State that saw the Tigers get outscored 21-3 in the second half. It is Auburn’s only loss by 20+ points to a non-Power Conference team in the last 30 years.
  • Rivaldo Fairweather is Auburn’s leading receiver this season with 349 yards. The Tigers are one of three Power-5 teams without a player with at least 350 receiving yards this season, along with Iowa and Nebraska.

HIGH STAKES ON LINE AS NO. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE HOSTS BYU

BYU and No. 20 Oklahoma State both have something to play for Saturday when they meet in Stillwater, Okla.

Despite losing four straight games, the Cougars (5-6, 2-6 Big 12) can become bowl eligible for the sixth year in a row with a win.

The host Cowboys (8-3, 6-2) have even more on the line. They are in contention for a spot in the Big 12 championship.

Texas sits on top of the standings with a 7-1 record in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Kansas State are locked in a three-way tie for second place at 6-2.

The Longhorns and Cowboys would clinch spots in the Big 12 championship game with wins over Texas Tech and BYU, respectively. Oklahoma State defeated the Sooners and Wildcats this season and own tiebreakers should the three programs finish knotted up.

The championship game scenario gets much more complicated if Texas and Oklahoma State aren’t both victorious.

“Our goal when we start the season has always been to find a way to win a conference championship,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “I just told the team, ‘My math is not really good. I don’t understand all that.’ I know if we keep winning, it gives us the best chance in the end.”

The Cowboys found themselves trailing by 14 points in the second quarter at Houston before making a comeback to keep themselves in the championship hunt with a 43-30 win.

Alan Bowman passed for 348 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Brennan Presley hauled in a career-best 15 receptions for 189 yards. Ollie Gordon II had three second-half touchdowns and finished with 164 rushing yards to help Oklahoma State rally for the victory.

“This was a really good culture win for us,” Gundy said. “Things didn’t go well for us in the first quarter and a half. When playing on the road, when you have that many things go south, if you don’t have a strong culture, strong chemistry, a lot of times, teams can’t fight back and recover from that. In all three phases, they did.”

BYU was on the verge of having its own good culture win Saturday. The Cougars were in prime position to defeat Oklahoma at home but squandered away the opportunity with costly turnovers.

In the second half, BYU quarterback Jake Retzlaff threw an interception that was returned 100 yards for a touchdown. He also fumbled while being sacked on the Cougars’ 25-yard line.

“Turnovers cost us,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake, whose team had three giveaways in the 31-24 loss. “You cannot be careless with the football, whether it’s fumbles or interceptions, and expect to beat teams.”

The outcome spoiled the best offensive output of the season for BYU, which has uncharacteristically struggled to move the ball and score. Aidan Robbins rushed for a season-high 182 yards and Retzlaff had 173 yards passing and two touchdowns for BYU, which finished with a season-best 390 total yards with 217 yards rushing.

“Offensively, we saw some really good things,” Sitake said, “but the turnovers were such a downer.”

BYU has experienced growing pains in its first season in the Big 12, having lost four in a row and five of six in conference action.

  • This is the third all-time meeting between BYU and Oklahoma State. The first two were both won by the Cowboys: the 1974 Fiesta Bowl (BYU’s first ever bowl game) and the 1976 Tangerine Bowl (in Orlando, FL).
  • Oklahoma State is 4-0 at home in conference play. The only season the Cowboys have gone 5-0 in Big 12 play at home was 2021. That was also the only season Oklahoma State has appeared in the Big 12 Championship Game.
  • Ollie Gordon II has 14 runs of 30 or more yards this season, which is easily the most in the FBS (three players are tied for second with eight). The only Big 12 player in the last 20 years with more 30-yard runs in a season was Chuba Hubbard for the Cowboys in 2019 (15).
  • BYU’s four-game losing streak is tied for its second-longest this century. The longest was seven games in 2017. That was also the only season in the previous 18 years the Cougars have not played in a bowl game.
  • Aidan Robbins rushed for 182 yards against then-No. 14 Oklahoma last week. It was tied for the second most by a BYU player against an AP Top 25 opponent this century. Jamaal Williams had 182 yards against No. 15 Texas in 2013, and Taysom Hill had 259 yards in that same game with Williams.

NO. 21 TENNESSEE POISED FOR ANOTHER POUNDING OF VANDERBILT

No. 21 Tennessee aims to continue its domination of Vanderbilt when the in-state rivals close out the Southeastern Conference season on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Volunteers have won the last four games in the rivalry by a combined score of 171-48, including last year’s 56-0 pasting of the Commodores in Nashville.

Tennessee (7-4, 3-4) comes off a lopsided 36-7 loss at Missouri followed by last week’s 38-10 home setback against Georgia. The Vols allowed 530 yards to the Tigers and 472 to the Bulldogs.

Those results sparked a call for change at quarterback, where Joe Milton has not met expectations in SEC play with eight touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Fans may be clamoring to see No. 1 recruit Nico Iamaleava replace Milton, but head coach Josh Heupel isn’t likely to change signal-callers.

Iamaleava has completed 7 of 14 throws for 97 yards this season, all coming in garbage time of lopsided wins over UConn, UTSA and Virginia.

Heupel said before the season that he hadn’t planned to redshirt Iamaleava, one of two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. However, not playing him the past two weeks has preserved that redshirt.

Heupel also hinted at additional reasons for that decision.

Last Saturday, Tennessee played against Georgia without a pair of starting offensive linemen in tackle John Campbell Jr. and guard Anrej Karic. Starting lineman Javontez Spraggins also suffered a season-ending injury during the game, while a banged-up Gerald Mincey (the Vols’ other starting tackle) came in late.

“Well, at this point, just because there’s only one regular-season (game left), you know, I mean?” Heupel said. “There’s a lot of variables that are taking place outside on that field (Saturday). And what type of situation you want to put (Iamaleava in).”

The Commodores (2-9, 0-7), losers of nine straight, were off last week. They looked disinterested in the second half of a 47-6 shellacking at South Carolina two weeks ago.

“I’m still disgusted and I still feel like it was gross. … What I felt is, the team collapsed there,” coach Clark Lea said this week, reflecting on how Vanderbilt played against the Gamecocks.

Lea, a Nashville native and Vanderbilt alumnus who has played against the Vols, hopes his team will end 2023 on a better note.

“We’ve had a good two days (of practice), which we need to have in order to play better on Saturday,” Lea said on Tuesday.

Vanderbilt’s defense is last in the SEC in scoring defense (35.1) and total defense (440.2 yards). Health has been an issue in the secondary, where Lea said defensive backs Martel Hight, Marlen Sewell and Savion Riley are questionable this week.

Lea added that the flu had spread throughout the roster this week. Safety CJ Taylor was among those infected before returning to practice.

Lea declined to name a starting quarterback this week. Vanderbilt lists starters Ken Seals and Walter Taylor as co-starters this week, with AJ Swann the No. 3.

Seals and Swann have split time as starters, with Seals starting the last six contests.

Taylor has played against Ole Miss, Auburn and South Carolina. He didn’t attempt a pass against the Gamecocks but ran six times for 38 yards on a rain-soaked day.

  • Tennessee is 79-32-5 against Vanderbilt all-time and most recently beat it, 56-0, in Nashville last season. This was the Volunteers biggest win in the series since shutting out the Commodores, 65-0, in 1994.
  • Vanderbilt is just 2-21 (.087) in conference games since 2021; no other FBS team has a winning percentage lower than .115 against their conference in that span (Indiana: 3-23).
  • True freshman Sedrick Alexander leads Vanderbilt in rushing touchdowns (four) and rushing yards (326). The only other power conference true freshman to lead their teams in both outright are BYU’s LJ Martin and Minnesota’s Darius Taylor.
  • Tennessee lost its last two by 28+ points and remains within the top 25 of the AP rankings. They are the first ranked team to lose consecutive games by 28+ points in a season since Mississippi State in 2017. No ranked team has lost three in a row by 28+ points since 1980.
  • Jaylen Wright is averaging 7.4 yards per carry for the Volunteers so far in 2023, the second highest average by any FBS player with at least 100 carries (Jayden Daniels — 8.2).

NO. 25 LIBERTY THINKS BIG BOWL, VOWS TO ‘STAY HUNGRY’ AT UTEP

The stakes were plenty high for Liberty. Now they’re even bigger.

The 25th-ranked Flames crashed the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday and take an undefeated record into Saturday’s matchup at UTEP in El Paso, Texas.

“For us, our challenge is can we continue to stay hungry and not look ahead and stay in the moment?” Liberty coach Jamey Chadwell said. “That’s always the challenge when you get late in the season and you do have another game here.”

This is the first time the Flames (11-0, 7-0 Conference USA) registered in the CFP rankings. They have a home game next week against New Mexico State — the league championship game — but a loss to UTEP would ding the chances of being the Group of 5 selection to play in an upper-tier bowl game.

Tulane, at No. 23, is the other Group of 5 school in the CFP’s Top 25. The Flames want to polish their credentials should the Green Wave falter.

“We’re getting closer and closer to playing that best game,” Chadwell said. “Especially in November when there’s so many different things going on. … Typically if win and you’re in the Top 25 and somebody loses in front of you, just naturally people move forward.”

Chadwell said the Flames need to snap out of a tendency to play conservative.

“I don’t think we’ve executed with the same intensity,” Chadwell said. “And, also, we’re letting some other guys play. Our job here is to develop and get guys ready.”

UTEP (3-8, 2-5), which has lost its past two games, is looking for a major upset on its Senior Day. The Miners had another close call with last week’s 34-30 loss at Middle Tennessee.

“The message to the team was a tremendous effort with a lot of guys making a ton of plays,” UTEP coach Dana Dimel said. “We played against a good Middle Tennessee team and we had our chances but didn’t get a chance to finish it in the end there.”

Miners could be without running backs Torrance Burgess Jr. and Deion Hankins on Saturday.

UTEP still has Kelly Akharaiyi as a huge part of the offense. The receiver is averaging 126.8 yards per game in the last five games to boost his season total to 924 yards.

“I’d be foolish to say we’re not going to try to get Kelly to 1,000 yards,” Dimel said. “We’re not going to change our game plan because of it, but we’ll definitely be aware.”

Chadwell, who’s in his first season at the Lynchburg, Va., school after serving as Coastal Carolina’s coach, is the first Liberty coach to begin a tenure with an 11-0 mark. This will be the team’s longest trip of the season.

“We got a long flight out there — two-hour time difference, so there’s a lot of different challenges for us going out there,” Chadwell said.

Running back Quinton Cooley of Liberty has seven games with 100 or more rushing yards. His 1,168 rushing yards for the season are the most for a Liberty player in nine years. He’s a transfer from Wake Forest in his first season with the Flames.

  • This is the first ever meeting between these two teams. Liberty is 7-0 in conference games in its inaugural season in Conference USA with an average margin of victory of 16.7 points per game.
  • Liberty leads all FBS and FCS schools with 19 interceptions this season. The last Conference USA team to have more interceptions through 11 games was Louisiana Tech in 2014 (21).
  • Liberty signal caller Kaidon Saiter (28 passing touchdowns, 11 rushing touchdowns) is one of four FBS quarterbacks with 25+ passing touchdowns and 10+ rushing touchdowns this year. The others are LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel and USC’s Caleb Williams.
  • UTEP will be taking on their first AP Top 25 opponent since losing to then No. 16 Texas Southern, 44-23, in November of 2021. The Miners are 2-17 against ranked opponents since 1980 and last beat a top 25 team in 2009: a 58-41 win over then No. 12 Houston.
  • Receiver Kelly Akharaiyi has caught seven of UTEP’s 12 touchdown passes this season, 58.3 percent of his team’s total. Only FIU’s Kris Mitchell (77.8 percent, 7/9) has caught a higher percentage of his team’s touchdowns in the FBS.

NO. 4 WASHINGTON INSISTS FOCUS IS SOLELY ON WAZZU

After clinching a spot in the Pacific-12 Conference championship game with a 22-20 victory at then-No. 11 Oregon State last week, Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was asked whether the Huskies might overlook this week’s Apple Cup to focus on the title game.

Penix was incredulous.

“It’s the Apple Cup. What you mean? We can’t lose that,” Penix said. “That’s one of the biggest games for Husky Nation, with the whole tradition and everything. We’re not looking over that. We’re going to be ready for it.

“Yeah, man, it’s exciting to know we’ll be in the (Pac-12) championship. But there’s still work to be done. Like I said, man, if you’re not excited for the Apple Cup, then you’re in the wrong spot.”

While the Saturday game in Seattle will be the last meeting between the rivals as members of the Pac-12 — No. 4 Washington is among four conference schools leaving for the Big Ten next season — it was announced earlier in the week that the Apple Cup will continue, as the schools agreed to a five-year deal to continue playing.

“We should never have to get to this point where we have to schedule out-of-conference games (against Washington),” Washington State coach Jake Dickert said. “I understand both sides of the reaction. I do. But when I step back, and I look at a 360-degree view, we’ve been playing for over 100 years, and that needs to continue.

“I think any time you have an issue that people have an emotional reaction to, that means they’re bought into it, whatever side of the coin you’re on, right? I see it both ways. I do. But at the end of the day, we’re playing for the Apple Cup. That means something to every person that wears the Coug, every man that has been in our locker room, it’s very important to him. So everyone tunes in to watch the game.”

The Huskies (11-0, 8-0 Pac-12), who moved up to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings this week, are paced by Heisman hopeful Penix, who leads the nation with 3,695 passing yards. Rome Odunze ranks fifth nationally with 1,206 receiving yards, and Dillon Johnson, who is hopeful to play after sustaining a foot injury last week, has rushed for 879 yards and scored 11 TDs.

The Cougars (5-6, 2-6) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 56-14 victory against visiting Colorado last week. Washington State would become bowl eligible with a victory against Washington.

Cameron Ward threw for 288 yards and accounted for four touchdowns vs. the Buffaloes, and Brennan Jackson returned fumbles 48 and 78 yards for scores. Nakia Watson ran for a season-high 47 yards on eight carries.

“He was (almost) an 800-yard running back last season and we haven’t been able to get him to that point for a variety of different reasons,” Dickert said of Watson. “To see him go out on Senior Night and perform the way we always felt like he was capable of playing is important. You would love to see that more, and I want to see that again this week because we’re going to need it.”

  • Washington State won the last Apple Cup in Seattle (2021) and is going for consecutive wins at Husky Stadium for the first time since 2005 and 2007. The last time the Cougars beat a Husky team ranked in the AP Top 25 was 1997 (UW was No. 17).
  • The Cougars are seeking to become bowl eligible for the eighth straight season (excluding the shortened 2020 season). Prior to this seven-season run starting in 2015, Washington State had played in 10 total bowls (and the longest streak was three straight seasons).
  • Cameron Ward had 58 dropbacks in the Apple Cup last year (52 pass attempts, six sacks). Ward has seven games with at least 50 dropbacks since 2022, tied for most in the FBS with Western Kentucky’s Austin Reed and Mississippi State’s Will Rogers.
  • Washington is seeking its second undefeated regular season in school history (also 1991) and first 12-0 regular season. Three Pac-12 teams have finished the regular season undefeated this century – USC in 2004 and 2005 and Oregon in 2010.
  • Rome Odunze has four games this season with at least 100 receiving yards and two touchdown catches, tied for most in the FBS. The only Pac-12 receiver with more in a single season this century was USC’s Robert Woods in 2011 (five).

NO. 5 FLORIDA STATE, FLORIDA WITHOUT STARTING QBS FOR RIVALRY GAME

While No. 5 Florida State and Florida remain fierce rivals, they have something painfully in common right now.

Each is dealing with a devastating injury to its starting quarterback heading into the annual post-Thanksgiving rivalry clash, which the Gators will host on Saturday night in Gainesville, Fla.

Florida State (11-0) now faces the daunting challenge of trying to keep its national championship hopes alive without Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Travis, who suffered a significant leg injury during the first quarter of last weekend’s 58-13 win over North Alabama.

Meanwhile, Florida (5-6) lost starter Graham Mertz potentially for the remainder of the season after he suffered a non-displaced collarbone fracture with 2:09 left in the third quarter of the Gators’ heartbreaking 33-31 loss at Missouri last Saturday.

Travis’ injury clearly had an impact on the most recent College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night. The latest poll had the Seminoles ranked No. 5 behind No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Washington, and on the outside looking in after being ranked fourth each of the past three weeks.

Michigan and Ohio State face each other this weekend, which guarantees one of the five unbeaten teams in that mix will drop.

But there’s speculation that even an unbeaten Florida State team with victories over the Gators and potentially Louisville in next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship game could get left out of the Playoff in favor of the Michigan-Ohio State loser depending on the impression the Seminoles make over their next two games.

“It’s always about us. And through challenge, through adversity, through whatever the perspective is on the outside of people that think that know our team?” Florida State coach Mike Norvell said. “I live with them every day. I watch them every day, I watch their work, I watch their heart, the ability — all the things that are important to winning football games and being able to sustain success.”

The Seminoles will try to press forward with redshirt junior Tate Rodemaker starting at quarterback. For the season, Rodemaker is 20 of 31 for 376 yards, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Last week after Travis went down, Rodemaker went 13-for-23 passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

“Tate’s an old head,” Florida State offensive coordinator Alex Atkins told reporters this week. “Not like we’re putting in some redshirt freshman, he’s been around. … He’s been in it for a while. He understands the system now.”

The Gators, meanwhile, will go with redshirt freshman Max Brown, who entered in relief of Mertz and will make his first collegiate start against FSU.

Brown completed 4 of 5 passes for 56 yards and ran for 42 yards on seven carries against Missouri.

“Give Max some credit,” Florida coach Billy Napier said after the loss. “Max settled in there a little bit and made a few plays. Obviously, he’s a good athlete and we were able to use his legs a little bit in the read game.”

Napier said Monday that a recent scan of Mertz’s collarbone hinted it could heal on its own allowing him to potentially avoid surgery.

“You know, we’re basically gonna go in a two-week period here where we’re going to give a chance for the fracture to start the process of growing back, and then we’ll re-evaluate things,” Napier said.

The Seminoles will get a desperate Florida team that needs a victory in order to avoid missing a bowl game for the first time since going 4-7 in 2017.

  • The Seminoles won last season’s meeting, 45-38, at home. It was the most points they’ve scored against Florida since a 45-24 win in 1992, and the most points by either side since Florida’s 45-15 win in 2008. Since 1980, FSU is 8-1 on the road against Florida when allowing 23 or fewer points, and 1-11 when allowing 24 or more.
  • Florida State is averaging 40.1 points per game this season. Since 1996, the only seasons in which the Seminoles have averaged at least 40.0 points per game are 2000 (42.4) and 2013 (51.6). Both seasons saw them make appearances in the BCS National Championship game (lost 13-2 in 2000, won 34-31 in 2013).
  • In last week’s win over Northern Alabama, Florida State had eight different players with at least three rushing attempts. It was the Seminoles’ first such game in their 350 games played since 1996. The only other team with such a game this season is Air Force (eight against Robert Morris on September 2).
  • Florida lost to then-No. 11 Missouri, 33-31, on the road last week, its fourth consecutive loss, and needs to win this game to be bowl eligible. Since 1991, Florida has failed to reach a bowl game in two seasons — 2013 and 2017. In that span, Florida has suffered a losing streak of four or more games in four seasons — 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2023.
  • Trevor Etienne had 15 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown last week, as well as two receptions for 37 yards and his first career receiving touchdown. In his last three games, Etienne has 346 scrimmage yards and six scrimmage touchdowns. He had just nine TDs in his first 20 career games.

STANFORD TRIP AFFORDS NOTRE DAME GET-RIGHT GAME ON THE ROAD

The road has been an unfriendly place for Notre Dame in 2023.

The 18th-ranked Fighting Irish try to close the regular season on a high note when they visit Stanford on Saturday in Palo Alto, Calif.

Notre Dame (8-3) began the season ranked No. 13 and climbed as high as No. 9 after winning its first four games. A loss at home the following week to then-No. 6 Ohio State only dropped the Fighting Irish two spots, but it was the losses over the next six weeks at Louisville and Clemson that completely soured their chances for a berth in the College Football Playoff.

“You look at the Clemson game, look at the Louisville game, and we haven’t performed to our standard on the road,” Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman said. “As I told the coaches, I don’t want to make this only a road issue, but we haven’t performed to our standards.”

Getting off to a quick start against Stanford was stressed by Freeman this week in South Bend.

The Fighting Irish scored just seven points in the first half against Louisville, losing 33-20. They managed just three field goals in the first half against Clemson in a 31-23 loss.

“We’ve got to start better,” Freeman said. “From the first play of the game, have the mentality that we’re going to have to go out there and win the interval on this play. We can’t lose it in any game.”

The Fighting Irish stood tall in their most recent performance, picking apart Wake Forest by rolling up 450 yards of total offense in the 45-7 victory.

Sam Hartman bounced back from a couple rocky outings to throw for 277 yards and four touchdowns while playing turnover-free against his former team.

Audric Estime rushed for 115 yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown in his fifth 100-yard rushing performance of the season.

While Notre Dame isn’t out of the mix for a big-ticket bowl game, Stanford (3-8) is mired in a dramatic downturn with little to celebrate this season. To date, the biggest achievements from the season are an improbable 46-43 double-overtime win at Colorado on Oct. 13 and a narrow 10-7 win at Washington State on Nov. 4.

There have been individual bright spots for the Cardinal. Quarterback Ashton Daniels has 2,095 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions while also leading the team in rushing.

Elic Ayomanor is 45 receiving yards away from becoming the first 1,000-yard receiver for Stanford since J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in 2018.

The Cardinal received some good news on Monday when linebacker Tristan Sinclair won his targeting appeal after getting ejected in a 27-15 loss to Cal last weekend, meaning he won’t have to sit out the first half against Notre Dame.

“He’s our rock, you know. Not just on defense, probably the whole team,” Stanford coach Troy Taylor said. “He’s just our emotional leader. He cares so much, does everything the right way. We can always count on him.”

Although the Cardinal and Fighting Irish have seen their seasons go in different directions, there should be no lack of emotion on Saturday.

“It’s an unbelievable rivalry,” Freeman said. “As you look at both of our institutions — the values we have in terms of student-athlete experience, the educational values that both universities provide — it’s a great rivalry that we’re going to try to continue to have as long as we can.”

  • Notre Dame and Stanford last met in 2022, when an unranked Stanford team held Notre Dame to just 14 points in a two-point win. The only team to hold Notre Dame to fewer points since the beginning of last season is Ohio State (10 points on September 3, 2022).
  • Notre Dame’s defense has at least one sack in 45 consecutive games. That is the longest active such streak among FBS teams, and 20 games longer than the next-closest team (Penn State — 25).
  • Notre Dame’s Audric Estime (2023 yards, 25 touchdowns) is one of four FBS players to rush for 2000+ yards and 25+ touchdowns since the beginning of last season, along with Blake Corum (Michigan), Quinshon Judkins (Ole Miss) and La’Damian Webb (South Alabama).
  • Over the last five seasons (since 2019), Stanford boasts a record of 17-36 (.321). That is the third-worst mark among teams that have been in a Power-5 Conference since 2019, ahead of only Vanderbilt and Kansas.
  • Elic Ayomanor has 955 of Stanford’s 2580 receiving yards so far this season. His 37.0% share of the Cardinal’s receiving yards is the highest share among all Pac-12 receivers.

NO. 1 GEORGIA SQUARES OFF WITH HISTORY, GEORGIA TECH

No. 1 Georgia squares off with history, Georgia Tech

No. 1 Georgia can write another chapter in a historic stretch of college football dominance by winning the Governor’s Cup in Atlanta on Saturday.

The Bulldogs, back-to-back champions on a 28-game winning streak and massive favorites at Georgia Tech, can propel the program to the top of Southeastern Conference annals with a 29th consecutive win. Only Alabama, twice winners of 28 games in a row, has equaled Georgia’s current run of success.

Georgia Tech (6-5) can secure a winning season and an upset for the ages by taking down Georgia (11-0).

However, the Yellow Jackets haven’t beaten the Bulldogs since 2016. Keeping it close might qualify as a moral victory for the Yellow Jackets, who are eager to make the rivalry more competitive.

The most recent Georgia loss to Tech was the 28-27 shocker in ’16. The Bulldogs have won five in a row, including the past three games by a combined score of 134-21.

An offensive lineman for Georgia Tech from 1997-2000, Georgia Tech coach Brent Key said his current players would know by the end of the week that he was on Georgia Tech teams that beat Georgia three times in a row.

Georgia Tech was 3-4 at one point this season but beat Syracuse last week to earn its sixth win and secure bowl eligibility.

“For rivalries to be rivalries, they have to be competitive football games,” Key said.

More than a three-touchdown favorite over their in-state rivals, Georgia has clinched the SEC West and goes back to Atlanta next week for the SEC championship game against the Crimson Tide.

Two wins — this week and next — assure the Bulldogs a spot in the College Football Playoff. At that point, two more wins would complete Georgia’s three-peat mission. And speaking of history, the last time a team won three consecutive college football championships was 1934-36 (Minnesota).

The rest of the world is 0-13 in bids to go from repeat to three-time winners.

For at least a few more weeks, Georgia coach Kirby Smart is trying to keep his team focused on what’s next.

“Geographically, they’re close,” Smart said of facing Georgia Tech. “They’re in your state. You are playing for something every time you play them. You’re playing for the state championship.”

Smart said the three Cs — culture, chemistry and character — are the defining the Bulldogs’ unparalleled levels of success, with 24 of their 28 wins in the current streak coming by double-digit margins.

Adding a “B” to the equation won’t draw boos in Athens.

First-year starter Carson Beck has 21 touchdowns and five interceptions and is on pace to push 4,000 passing yards even without factoring in any bowl games down the line. He completed 24 of 30 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns against Tennessee last week.

“I have super high expectations for myself. They’re only going to continue to get higher,” Beck said.

  • Georgia has won five straight overall in this series and 11 straight road games against Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs’ last road loss in this series came in 1999 against the No. 20 Yellow Jackets, a 51-48 overtime thriller. Georgia’s last road loss against an unranked Georgia Tech team was in 1989.
  • Georgia beat No. 21 Tennessee, 38-10, on the road last week after knocking off then-No. 10 Ole Miss, 52-17, the week before. The Bulldogs are the first team with consecutive wins by at least 28 points against AP Top 25 opponents since Washington in 2016, and the first SEC team to do so since Florida in 2001.
  • Last week was Carson Beck’s second career game against an AP Top 25 opponent with a completion percentage of at least 80.0 percent on 30+ attempts and three touchdowns (also on October 7 vs. No. 20 Kentucky). Since 1996, the only other players with multiple such games are Graham Harrell, Mac Jones and C.J. Stroud, all of whom had two.
  • Georgia Tech beat Syracuse, 31-22, at home last week to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2018. The Yellow Jackets are 5-0 this season when holding opponents to fewer than 38 points, and 1-5 when allowing 38 points or more, with the lone win coming against then-No. 17 UNC, 46-42, on October 28.
  • Haynes King and Jamal Haynes each had 11 rushes for 82 yards and a touchdown against Syracuse last week. It was Georgia Tech’s second game this season with two players having 10 rushes for 80 yards and a touchdown (also Oct. 28 vs. UNC). Prior to this season, the Yellow Jackets hadn’t had such a game since 2018.

NO. 24 CLEMSON VIES FOR SUPREMACY VS. RIVAL IN PALMETTO BOWL

This season has not lived up to the lofty standards of No. 24 Clemson, but coach Dabo Swinney and his Tigers have a chance to settle a score when they visit South Carolina on Saturday night in Columbia, S.C.

Clemson (7-4) resides in seventh place with a 4-4 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The four-loss season is the Tigers’ first since 2011.

Within that span are a pair of national titles in 2016 and 2018, both over Alabama. The Tigers are 28-10 across the past three seasons.

However, they have had good luck in the state capital against their Palmetto Bowl rival.

Swinney’s team has won four straight on the road there, but South Carolina is 5-1 at home this season.

“Obviously it’s one of the best atmospheres in college football,” Clemson quarterback Cade Klubnik said. “They’ve got great fans. Excited to get down there. We love playing on the road, so it’s going to be a fun game, for sure, and a lot of energy and super cool.”

In a season in which the Tigers did not even approach making the ACC Championship game, state bragging rights mean more than ever.

A Birmingham (Ala.) native who played for the Crimson Tide, Swinney understands the rivalry’s intensity.

“What makes it unique is the same thing that makes Alabama-Auburn unique and that is, there’s no pro sports in this state,” Swinney said. “You’re not going to be able to live in (South Carolina) long without going, ‘OK, what’s going on around here? These people are crazy.'”

Former President Donald Trump will attend the game, but Swinney was non-committal in his feelings about the appearance.

“I don’t care who comes to the game,” Swinney said during his Tuesday press conference. “I just care about who’s playing in the game. Unless (Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer) is going to put him in and throw him a halfback pass or something.”

South Carolina (5-6) won 31-30 last year in Clemson, but the Tigers were triumphant in seven straight meetings before that and lead the all-time series 72-43-4.

Beamer’s Gamecocks are coming off their best win of the season, a 17-14 rally at home over Kentucky.

The Wildcats (6-5) were 5-0 and ranked No. 20 before a loss at top-ranked Georgia sent their campaign into a tailspin.

Last Saturday, Spencer Rattler went 19-for-27 for 207 yards and two scores. Xavier Legette had six catches for 94 yards and both touchdowns.

That connection was critical down the stretch as the duo kept a drive alive with a third-and-15 completion. Legette’s second TD catch was the game-winner — a 17-yarder with 7:44 remaining and his team trailing 14-10.

Now it’s time for Saturday’s game with bowl eligibility on the line.

“It’s been an emotional year. It’s been a tough year in a lot of ways,” Beamer said. “We’ve had three good Saturdays in a row and then it’s rivalry week. … There’s the bowl game part of it.”

Beamer also said his team’s good health included star receiver Antwane “Juice” Wells, who practiced last week and could play Saturday. He has been sidelined since Week 3 of the season due to a lower-body injury.

  • South Carolina beat Clemson last season, 31-30, snapping a seven-game winning streak by the Tigers in the series. It was the first time that a game between the two was decided by a field goal or less since their matchup in 2007 (Clemson won, 23-21).
  • Clemson has surrendered at least 20 points in each of its last five games. It is the third time they’ve had such a streak of at least five games under head coach Dabo Swinney, last doing so in the 2011 season (six straight).
  • Cade Klubnik passed for 219 yards and a touchdown in the win over North Carolina without being sacked or throwing an interception. It was the first time this season that the Tarheels’ defense failed to either sack or intercept an opposing quarterback in a game.
  • South Carolina is coming off two straight SEC wins, holding both Kentucky and Vanderbilt to 14 or fewer points. It is the first time the Gamecocks have held consecutive conference opponents to 14 or fewer points in a season since 2012.
  • Xavier Legette caught six passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns in South Carolina’s win over Kentucky. When Legette reaches the end zone this season, the Gamecocks are 4-0, while they have gone 1-6 in all other games.

NO. 19 KANSAS STATE KEEPS HIGH HOPES IN CLASH VS. IOWA STATE

No. 19 Kansas State enters the final week of the regular season with a chance to defend its Big 12 championship.

If certain results pan out in other games, the Wildcats just need to defeat visiting Iowa State on Saturday night in Manhattan to qualify for the conference championship game Dec. 2 in Arlington, Texas.

Kansas State (8-3, 6-2) is looking for a perfect 7-0 home record this season. The Wildcats are riding high after overcoming an 11-point deficit in the second half to post a 31-27 victory over Kansas last Saturday.

“There is no better feeling than beating little brother,” Kansas State quarterback Will Howard said after the game.

But now it’s on to the next game. How will the outside noise of postseason possibilities affect the Wildcats?

“We don’t pay any attention to it,” coach Chris Klieman said at his media gathering Tuesday. “We’ve navigated it really well the last two weeks when everybody was trying to stuff it down our throats. And all our kids did was go out and play and win games.

“I know the way Matt (Campbell) coaches. I know the way Matt develops guys. They never beat themselves. They’re sound in what they do. They’re really good on special teams. They don’t give the ball away (but) they take it away. They make you earn everything.

“This is gonna be a physical game. These two teams are two of the more physical teams in the league.”

The Cyclones have won three of the past five games against the Wildcats, including 33-20 the last time the game was played in Manhattan.

Howard is playing well in recent games. He threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another in the fourth quarter that put his team in the lead for good. Howard sprinted 15 yards to his left for the go-ahead touchdown with 10:22 remaining.

Iowa State (6-5, 5-3) likely lost its chance to play in the title game with a 26-16 defeat to Texas on Saturday.

The good news for the Cyclones was that Rocco Becht passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns to break two of Brock Purdy’s freshman school records. Becht raised his season totals to 2,444 yards, surpassing the 2,250 yards by Purdy, now the starter for the San Francisco 49ers. Becht also now has 17 touchdowns, one more than Purdy in 2018. Becht was 24-of-32 with one interception against the Longhorns.

“For the first 3 1/2 quarters, I thought Rocco played a really good football game,” Campbell said after the game. “At the end of the game we got ourselves in some two-minute situations and (Texas) could kind of tee off on us, and they did. They’ve got some elite players who got some good pressure.”

The Cyclones are in a three-way tie for fifth place. They are among eight conference teams already qualified for the postseason. Three other teams are one win away from qualifying.

  • Iowa State has won three of the last five games in the series after losing 10 straight previously to Kansas State. The Wildcats won last season, 10-9, tied for their fewest points scored in a victory this century (2011 vs. Eastern Kentucky, 2001 at USC).
  • The Cyclones recorded nine rushing yards in their last game against Texas, their fewest in a game since 2010 against Colorado (-6). Iowa State entered that game averaging 129.2 rushing yards this season.
  • Rocco Becht has recorded a combined 70.9 completion percentage and 171.6 passer rating over his last two games after entering that span with a 61.8 completion percentage and 134.4 passer rating this season.
  • The Wildcats have forced at least three turnovers in each of their last three games, their longest single-season streak since 2016 (also three). The last time that Kansas State did this in at least four straight games was 2001 (four).
  • Will Howard is one of five FBS players this season with at least 23 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns. The last Kansas State player to reach those numbers in a season was Ell Roberson in 2003 (24, 15).

NO. 22 NC STATE AIMS TO STAY HOT VS. RIVAL NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina and No. 22 North Carolina State have arrived at their annual meeting looking similar in many ways.

They sure took different paths to get here.

The Tar Heels and host Wolfpack will play for bragging rights and potential elevation in the bowl pecking order when they square off Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

“This game has a lot of other implications — overall record, rankings, bowl placement, stuff like that,” NC State coach Dave Doeren said. “But for me, I just want to beat UNC.”

NC State (8-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) is riding a four-game winning streak. The Wolfpack have won their first three November games for the first time since 2008.

North Carolina (8-3, 4-3) has slumped a bit, but this game should have its attention. Since defeating Miami, the Tar Heels have lost three of their last five games. The victories came against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Campbell and in double-overtime against Duke.

Rivalry games are “something heroes are made in,” Tar Heels coach Mack Brown said. “It’s something you’ll remember for the rest of your life.”

North Carolina was in contention for a spot in the ACC championship game until last weekend. Now it’s NC State that could finish alone in third place in the conference standings.

“At this point with eight wins or nine wins, both teams are going to have a good opportunity bowl-wise,” Doeren said. “But you give yourself the best chance by winning this one.”

Brennan Armstrong has been NC State’s starting quarterback the past two games, and that has provided a physical element for the offense with his hard running style. He sparked road victories against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech after returning to the starting role when MJ Morris opted to sit out the rest of the season and take a redshirt year.

Armstrong, a former Virginia quarterback before suiting up for the Wolfpack this year, has faced the Tar Heels previously. Brown knows what his team will encounter.

“For Brennan, I’ve played against him now … this will be the fourth time at two different schools,” Brown said. “So I’ve kind of grown up with him here.”

Armstrong has fit in well the past couple of weeks with what the Wolfpack are doing.

“The plays that we ask him to run, he runs them in a physical way,” Doeren said. “It definitely gets the guys blocking for him excited. They know that he’s going to be straining really hard.”

North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye completed just 16 of 38 passes last week at Clemson for the lowest completion percentage in his career.

Tar Heels running back Omarion Hampton has rushed for 1,414 yards this season.

In this series, NC State won 34-30 at home in 2021 and then last year prevailed 30-27 in double-overtime in Chapel Hill.

“You talk about playing every second that they let you play the game,” Doeren said. “As long as it takes. I know both teams are going to fight and fight hard. That’s why it’s a fun game. This (series) has had a lot of crazy endings.”

  • In the last three times that North Carolina State has beaten North Carolina, the game has been decided by six or fewer points (wins in 2018, 2021, 2022). Since 1980, the Wolfpack have had four or more consecutive wins against an opponent come by six or fewer points just once (five against Florida State from 2005 to 2017).
  • North Carolina State has forced at least one turnover in all 11 of its outings this season. They are one of three Power 5 teams to do so in all their games, along with Vanderbilt and Oregon State.
  • Brennan Armstrong rushed for two touchdowns and passed for an additional two scores against Virginia Tech. He is the third NC State quarterback to reach those marks in a conference game over the last 25 seasons along with Jacoby Brissett and Russell Wilson.
  • North Carolina rushed for 248 yards in a 31-20 loss to Clemson last week. It was the Tarheels’ most rushing yards in any double-digit loss over the last 25 years.
  • Drake Maye completed just 16-of-36 (44.4%) of his passes for a passer rating of 96.8 against Clemson. It was the first time in Maye’s collegiate career that he completed less than half his passes and also his first game with a passer rating under 100.0 (min. 5 attempts).

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RJ Davis scored 21 of his career-high-tying 30 points in the second half to lead No. 14 North Carolina to an 87-72 win over No. 20 Arkansas in the Battle 4 Atlantis third-place game Friday afternoon at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Harrison Ingram contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Tar Heels (5-1), who squandered a 12-point first-half lead only to build another one after the break. Seth Trimble added 12 points for the Tar Heels.

Houston transfer Tramon Mark poured in a career-high 34 points for the Razorbacks (4-3) before being wheeled off the floor on a stretcher with 1:12 to play. Mark was driving to the basket and landed hard on his back after passing the ball to the corner.

Mark was later released from the hospital, and the school announced that an MRI found no major damage to his back.

No. 5 UConn 90, Manhattan 60

The Huskies improved their record to 6-0 by beating the Jaspers in Hartford, Conn., and moved closer to making history in the process.

It was the 23rd straight nonconference game UConn has won by double digits. That tied North Carolina’s record of consecutive double-digit nonconference wins by a Division I school set in 2008-09. UConn can break the record against New Hampshire on Monday.

UConn’s Tristen Newton contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in the win. The Huskies received a game-high 18 points from Cam Spencer. Seydou Traore led Manhattan (3-2) with 13 points and eight rebounds.

No. 6 Houston 79, Montana 44

LJ Cryer had more points than the visiting Grizzlies for parts of the game in the Cougars’ romp. Cryer finished with 24 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field with five 3-point baskets.

J’Wan Roberts and Jamal Shead scored 13 points apiece and reserve Emanuel Sharp posted 11 points for Houston (7-0). Shead provided seven assists.

Money Williams notched 15 points off the bench, with six of his points coming on free throws, for Montana (2-3), which shot 32.6 percent from the field and 3-for-17 on treys. The Grizzlies got more points from their reserves (27) than their starters (17).

No. 9 Duke 80, Southern Indiana 62

Kyle Filipowski produced his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Blue Devils scored the first 11 points of the second half to overcome the Screaming Eagles in Durham, N.C.

Duke trailed by 10 points at several junctures of the first half and faced a 35-31 hole at the half. Jeremy Roach had 18 points, Tyrese Proctor posted 11 points and Jared McCain had 10 points for the Blue Devils (5-1).

Jeremiah Hernandez racked up 15 points for the Southern Indiana (1-6), which went on an early 12-0 run.

No. 12 Florida Atlantic 96, No. 19 Texas A&M 89

Johnell Davis poured in 26 points, Alijah Martin scored 25 and the Owls topped the Aggies in the semifinal round of the ESPN Events Invitational in Kissimmee, Fla.

FAU moves on to play Virginia Tech for the championship. Texas A&M will play Iowa State in the consolation final. Both games are Sunday.

Jalen Gaffney and Bryan Greenlee added 12 points apiece while Vladislav Goldin and Brandon Weatherspoon finished with 10 apiece to fuel a balanced attack for the Owls (4-1). Wade Taylor IV scored a career-high 35 points for the Aggies (5-1), who trailed by as many as 18 in the second half.

No. 13 Baylor 95, Florida 91

RayJ Dennis scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half to carry the Bears past the Gators to win the NIT Season Tip-Off championship at New York.

Dennis made 10 of 17 shots from the floor and added eight assists with three steals in the game at Brooklyn. Jalen Bridges scored 23 points, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range for Baylor (6-0), which went 14 of 25 (56.0 percent) from long range, well above its 37-percent average entering the game.

The Bears broke a 61-61 tie with back-to-back 3-pointers from Jonathan Tchatchoua Tchamwa and Bridges then held the lead the rest of the way. Riley Kugel led Florida (4-2) with 25 points and nine rebounds, and Zyon Pullin added 17 points.

No. 16 Kentucky 118, Marshall 82

D.J. Wagner scored a season-high 28 points and Antonio Reeves added 23 to lift the Wildcats to a victory over the Thundering Herd in Lexington, Ky.

Tre Mitchell had 18 points for the Wildcats (5-1), who shot a robust 65 percent from the floor (26 of 40) in the first half and 72.7 percent from 3-point range (8 of 11) to seize a 69-41 lead. The 69 points set a Rupp Arena record for a single half.

Marshall’s Obinna Anochili-Killen scored 12 of his 22 points in the first half. Nate Martin collected 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Thundering Herd (2-4), who have lost two in a row for the second time this season.

Ohio State 92, No. 17 Alabama 81

The backcourt duo of Roddy Gayle Jr. and Bruce Thornton combined for 52 points as the Buckeyes toppled the Crimson Tide in the first round of the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla.

Thornton (29 points) and Gayle (23), both sophomores, each set a career scoring high, and Zed Key added 11 for the Buckeyes (4-1).

Grant Nelson scored 20, Aaron Estrada had 19 and Mark Sears contributed 17 for the Crimson Tide (4-1). The tournament concludes Saturday when Ohio State plays Santa Clara for the title. Alabama will meet Oregon in the consolation game.

Oklahoma 72, No. 23 Southern California 70

Otega Oweh’s tip-in just before time expired elevated the Sooners over the Trojans in the championship game of the inaugural Rady Children’s Invitational in San Diego.

Oweh was one of four Sooners to score in double figures. His 16 points combined with Javian McCollum’s game-high 18 points, John Hugley IV’s 14 points and 10 points from Milos Uzan as Oklahoma (6-0) held off a late-game rally.

Boogie Ellis and Kobe Johnson scored 16 points apiece for USC (4-2). DJ Rodman and Isaiah Collier added 10 points apiece.

No. 25 Mississippi State 74, Nicholls 61

Jimmy Bell Jr. produced 11 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Hubbard scored a team-high 15 as the Bulldogs remained unbeaten with a victory over the Colonels in Starkville, Miss.

Cameron Matthews added 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Bulldogs (6-0), who are 8-0 lifetime against Nicholls (3-4), which came in hoping to earn its second win over an SEC team after beating LSU on Nov. 10.

The last two games between the schools were decided by single digits, including last year’s 68-66 contest. The Colonels weren’t able to keep this one as close despite a double-double from Jamal West Jr. (17 points, 13 rebounds) and 10 points from Byron Ireland.

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No. 1 South Carolina set a program record for the fewest points allowed in a single game as the dominant Gamecocks routed visiting Mississippi Valley State 101-19 on Friday in Columbia, S.C.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Gamecocks (5-0). MiLaysia Fulwiley had 17 points and five assists; Raven Johnson tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals; and Kamilla Cardoso added a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards to go along with five blocks. In her first game back from an injury, Te-Hina Paopao had 10 points and eight rebounds.

For the Devilettes (1-5), Sh’Diamond McKnight had eight points and five boards.

Mississippi Valley State shot just 8-of-67 from the floor, an 11.9 percent clip.

The result was also the largest margin of victory for the Gamecocks during Dawn Staley’s tenure as head coach.

No. 3 Colorado 96, Kentucky 53

Aaronette Vonleh scored 19 points as the Buffaloes bested the Wildcats at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Colorado (6-0) also had 15 points from Jaylyn Sherrod, 11 from Kindyll Wetta and 10 points apiece from Tameiya Sadler and Quay Miller. Eniya Russell had 14 points for Kenutcky (2-4).

The Wildcats led by as many as seven points in the first half, but Colorado bounced back and then pulled away in the second half by outscoring Kentucky 51-19. The Wildcats shot 1-of-10 from 3-point land while the Buffs knocked down five shots from deep.

No. 7 LSU 99, Niagara 65

Aneesah Morrow scored a season-high 28 points as the Tigers ran away from the Purple Eagles at the Cayman Islands Classic.

Morrow also had 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Hailey Van Lith added 20 points and seven assists, while Mikaylah Williams scored 19 points and Flau’Jae Johnson added 14 points and eight boards for LSU (6-1). Chardonnay Hartley led Niagara (2-3) with 16 points.

For the third straight game, All-American forward Angel Reese did not appear for LSU. According to an ESPN report, it is believed that neither she or guard Kateri Poole traveled with the Tigers to the Cayman Islands. Additionally for LSU, Sa’Myah Smith exited the game late with an apparent lower-body injury.

LSU led by as many as 42 points and forced Niagara into 30 turnovers.

No. 14 Baylor 124, McNeese 44

Bella Fontleroy had 19 points and seven rebounds as the Lady Bears routed the Cowgirls in Waco, Texas.

Fontleroy was one of seven players to score in double digits for Baylor (4-0), and she also had three assists and three steals. Dre’Una Edwards stood out with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds to go along with five assists. Yaya Felder had 13 points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc.

Boston Berry had 12 points and six rebounds for McNeese (2-5).

No. 16 Kansas State 77, Western Kentucky 61

Serena Sundell had 21 points as the Wildcats defeated the Hilltoppers at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.

Kansas State (5-0) also got 16 points from Ayoka Lee, and nine rebounds, seven points and five assists from Gabby Gregory. Acacia Hayes led Western Kentucky (5-2) with 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting.

The Wildcats were effective inside, winning the rebounding margin by 18 and outscoring the Hilltoppers by 16 points in the paint. Kansas State shot 51.7 percent from the floor while holding WKU to 33.3 percent. The Wildcats will face No. 18 North Carolina on Saturday in the second round of the showcase.

No. 18 North Carolina 54, Vermont 51

With 1:47 left to play, Kayla McPherson’s layup in traffic gave the Tar Heels their first lead of the second half over the Catamounts. Deja Kelly then sank a jumper, and she and Lexi Donarski flushed free throws to give UNC a hard-fought victory at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.

Alyssa Ustby powered the Tar Heels (5-0) with a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards, while Kelly had 18 points and nine rebounds. Emma Utterback led Vermont (3-2) with 18 points and five assists.

Vermont led for more than 31 minutes and by as many as 13 points. UNC closed the gap by outscoring the Catamounts 24-12 in the fourth quarter.

Alabama 78, No. 20 Louisville 73

Sarah Ashlee Barker had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Crimson Tide remained unbeaten while handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season in the Betty Chancellor Classic in Katy, Texas.

Alabama (6-0) also got 14 points and seven rebounds from Jessica Timmons, 13 points from Karly Weathers and 12 apiece from Loyal McQueen and Aaliyah Nye. For Louisville (4-1), Nyla Harris had 18 points and eight rebounds while Sydney Taylor scored 17. Nina Rickards added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Cardinals.

The game was tied 63-63 with 4:30 left to play when Barker swished a 3-pointer to put the Tide ahead. The Cards knotted the score up again with about 30 seconds left, and then Nye hit a 3-pointer from the left wing. Alabama iced the game by sinking all six of its free throws — including four by Nye — in the final moments of the contest.

No. 23 Washington State 90, UMass 48

Eleonora Villa notched 15 points as one of five Cougars to score in double figures as they topped the Minutewomen at the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

Bella Murekatete had 13 points, Alex Covill scored 12 and Beyonce Bea and Charlisse Leger-Walker had 11 apiece as Washington State improved to 7-0. Stefanie Kulesza led UMass (1-6) with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

UMass led briefly by three points in the first quarter after a 3-pointer from Kristin Williams, but then Washington State broke off an 18-2 run to end the quarter. The Cougars led by as many as 44 points and shot 53.8 percent from the floor.

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Brook Lopez, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard each eclipsed 30 points as the Milwaukee Bucks improved to 3-0 in in-season tournament play with a 131-128 win over the visiting Washington Wizards.

It’s the first game in Bucks franchise history in which three players had 30 points or more. Lopez tied his career high with 39, while Antetokounmpo (nine rebounds) and Lillard (10 assists) each had 31.

Washington had four 20-point scorers, led by Milwaukee native Jordan Poole with 26 and seven assists. Kyle Kuzma and Tyus Jones each added 22 while Corey Kispert scored 20.

In the final seconds, Antetokounmpo made two free throws before Washington’s Landry Shamet air-balled a wide-open, potential game-tying 3-point attempt.

Rockets 105, Nuggets 86

Jalen Green scored a team-high 25 points while Alperen Sengun and two more teammates added double-doubles as Houston extended its homecourt winning streak to eight by beating Denver in an NBA in-season tournament game.

Green and Sengun combined to carry Houston after Denver used a 14-0 run bridging the final two periods to close to within 84-75 on a Justin Holiday 3-pointer with nine minutes left to play.

Sengun posted 21 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. Jabari Smith Jr. added 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet chipped in 17 points and 11 assists for Houston. Nikola Jokic paced the Nuggets with 38 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20 points for Denver.

Magic 113, Celtics 96

Orlando turned in a dominant second half and extended its winning streak to six games by beating visiting Boston in an NBA in-season tournament game.

Orlando outscored Boston 65-40 in the final two quarters and improved its record to 3-1 in East Group C. Boston’s tournament record in the group stage fell to 2-1.

Mo Wagner came off the bench to score a game-high 27 points for the Magic, who have won their past four home games. Paolo Banchero added 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Magic. Jayson Tatum scored 26 points for the Celtics, who shot 24.1 percent from 3-point range (7 of 29).

Suns 110, Grizzlies 89

Devin Booker scored a season-high 40 points to fuel visiting Phoenix to a victory over Memphis in an NBA in-season tournament game. Booker made 15 of 21 shots from the floor and added four steals.

Eric Gordon scored 20 points as the Suns overcame the absence of Kevin Durant (right foot soreness) and Bradley Beal (low back strain) to win their sixth in a row overall and fifth straight game on the road.

Memphis’ Santi Aldama scored 21 points, and Derrick Rose had 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the floor.

Knicks 100, Heat 98

RJ Barrett converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 1:59 left for host New York, who stormed back from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Miami in an NBA in-season tournament game.

New York outscored the Heat 29-11 in the fourth quarter. Jalen Brunson had 24 points while Immanuel Quickley scored 20 points off the New York bench.

The Heat mounted a 19-0 run to start the third quarter before their later collapse. Bam Adebayo, who missed the previous game with a bruised hip, posted 21 points and 12 rebounds for Miami. Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 23 points.

Raptors 121, Bulls 108

OG Anunoby scored 26 points and Toronto defeated visiting Chicago in an NBA in-season tournament game.

Dennis Schroder added 17 points for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam added 18 points in Toronto’s second straight win.

Zach LaVine scored 36 points for the Bulls. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points as Chicago lost for the sixth time in seven games. DeRozan was ejected for his second technical foul in the final seconds of the contest.

Pacers 136, Pistons 113

Tyrese Haliburton had 26 points and 10 assists and Indiana finished the game on a 19-1 run in Indianapolis to hand Detroit a 13th consecutive loss.

Indiana, which had already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the NBA in-season tournament, finished the East Group A stage with a 4-0 record. The Pistons lost all four of their tournament games.

Myles Turner had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for Indiana, while Buddy Hield tossed in 18 points. Cade Cunningham’s 31 points led Detroit. Jadey Ivey supplied 25 points and Jalen Duren added 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Kings 124, Timberwolves 111

De’Aaron Fox scored 36 points and dished 12 assists as Sacramento pulled away for a win over Minnesota in an NBA in-season tournament game in Minneapolis.

Sacramento improved to 3-0 in West Group C during tournament play. Minnesota dropped to 2-1. Harrison Barnes scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting for the Kings. Malik Monk contributed 17 points off the bench, and Domantas Sabonis notched 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Anthony Edwards scored 35 points to lead Minnesota, which lost for only the second time in the past 12 games. Karl-Anthony Towns tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Rudy Gobert recorded 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves in his return and the Tampa Bay Lightning received a hat trick from Brayden Point in an 8-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Nikita Kucherov scored two goals to go with four assists and Point had two assists for Tampa Bay, which has a five-game point streak. Steven Stamkos, Brandon Hagel and Luke Glendening also scored. Hagel had two assists.

Stefan Noesen and Michael Bunting had Carolina’s goals, but the Hurricanes lost for just the second time in eight home games this season. Antti Raanta made only six saves on 14 shots just two nights after leaving after one period because of a health concern.

Vasilevskiy hadn’t played an NHL game since April because of offseason back surgery. He got the call as Tampa Bay began a stretch of three straight road games. He is a two-time Stanley Cup winner and 2021 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient as playoff MVP.

Blackhawks 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

Kevin Korchinski scored a wild goal with 30 seconds left in overtime as host Chicago broke a five-game losing streak, edging Toronto.

After Connor Bedard’s shot from the high slot hit the back glass, it rebounded onto the top of the net in three-on-three play then fell close to Toronto goaltender Ilya Samsonov (30 saves). Korchinski then one-handed it in from in close.

Jason Dickinson recorded his first career hat trick for Chicago, and Arvid Soderblom made 34 saves for the win. Nicholas Robertson, Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Reaves hit the net while Max Domi recorded two assists as Toronto saw its four-game winning streak end.

Red Wings 5, Bruins 2

Detroit remains the only team that has handed Boston a regulation loss this season as a pair of power-play goals helped lead to a road win.

Alex DeBrincat and J.T. Compher each posted a goal and an assist to pace the Red Wings, who have won back-to-back games and taken points from five of their past six. Robby Fabbri, Dylan Larkin and David Perron also lit the lamp and Shayne Gostisbehere had two assists for Detroit, which never trailed. Ville Husso made 25 saves.

Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen scored for Boston, which had gained points in seven straight games since a 5-4 loss in Detroit on Nov. 4. David Pastrnak reached the 30-point mark in 20 or fewer games for the third time with an assist on DeBrusk’s goal. Jeremy Swayman (24 saves) took his first regulation loss after starting 7-0-2.

Rangers 3, Flyers 1

Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider continued their success against host Philadelphia, combining for three goals in a New York victory.

Zibanejad and Kreider scored within a 68-second span early in the first before Zibanejad — who had just two goals this season entering Friday — extended the lead to 3-0 in the second. Zibanejad has 18 goals in 42 career games against the Flyers while Kreider has 17 goals in 40 games against the Metropolitan Division rival.

Igor Shesterkin made 36 saves for the surging Rangers, who are 12-1-1 in their past 14 games. Sean Couturier scored late in the second for the Flyers, who have lost two straight following a five-game winning streak.

Predators 8, Blues 3

Luke Evangelista and Filip Forsberg each logged two goals in a three-point game and visiting Nashville scored four times in the second period to beat St. Louis.

Kiefer Sherwood had a goal and two assists for the Predators, who won their fourth straight game. Ryan O’Reilly, Yakov Trenin and Spencer Stastney also scored for Nashville. Alexandre Carrier had two assists, and Kevin Lankinen made 36 saves to earn the victory.

Pavel Buchnevich and Robert Thomas had a goal and an assist apiece and Jake Neighbours also scored for the Blues, who have allowed 24 goals in their past five games.

Kings 5, Ducks 2

Kevin Fiala scored two goals and Cam Talbot made 29 saves for Los Angeles, which beat Anaheim for its ninth consecutive road win to start the season. The Buffalo Sabres set the NHL record of 10 road victories to open the 2006-07 season.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, Arthur Kaliyev and Quinton Byfield also scored and Adrian Kempe, Trevor Moore and Drew Doughty had two assists each as the Kings won their fourth consecutive game overall. Kopitar recorded his 757th assist to tie the Kings’ franchise record established by Marcel Dionne.

Radko Gudas and Alex Killorn each scored goals for the Ducks, who lost their fifth consecutive game and have dropped seven of nine overall following a six-game winning streak. John Gibson stopped 26 shots.

Blue Jackets 2, Devils 1

Elvis Merzlikins made 32 of his season-high 37 saves in the final two periods and Columbus halted an eight-game road losing streak by holding on for a victory in Newark, N.J.

Merzlikins made six saves during a Devils power play early in the third and then stopped three more shots in the final two-plus minutes. He made eight saves on Jack Hughes and six on Jesper Bratt. Eric Robinson scored the tiebreaking goal in the final minute of the opening period as the Blue Jackets got their first road win since Oct. 22.

Boone Jenner scored for the third straight game as the Blue Jackets followed up a 7-3 win over Chicago by winning consecutive games for the second time this season after losing nine straight. Alexander Holtz scored for the Devils, who dropped under .500 in points percentage for the first time this season at 8-9-1. Akira Schmid stopped 26 shots.

Oilers 5, Capitals 0

Leon Draisaitl scored twice in a three-point game and Connor McDavid collected four assists as visiting Edmonton snapped a three-game losing skid with a victory over Washington.

Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner made 25 saves to record his first shutout of the season and the third in his career. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored one goal and added two assists, while Evander Kane and Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers. Zach Hyman collected two assists.

Charlie Lindgren stopped 30 shots for the Capitals, who saw their five-game winning streak emphatically snapped.

Canadiens 3, Sharks 2 (SO)

Cole Caufield scored the tying goal and also had an assist and Jesse Ylonen scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout as Montreal rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat host San Jose.

Johnathan Kovacevic also scored and Cayden Primeau made 31 saves for Montreal, which won its second straight road game. William Eklund had a goal and an assist for the first multipoint game of his career, Tomas Hertl had two assists and Mike Hoffman also scored for San Jose, which lost its third straight. Mackenzie Blackwood finished with 22 saves.

After Eklund and Nick Suzuki traded goals to start the shootout, Hoffman hit the post with a shot to start the third round. Ylonen then won it at the end of the sixth round when he deked Blackwood with a backhand and then put a forehand shot into an open right side of the goal for the winning score.

Jets 3, Panthers 0

Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves to lead Winnipeg to its fifth straight win, a victory in Sunrise, Fla.

Winnipeg got goals from Nino Niederreiter, Nikolaj Ehlers and Adam Lowry. The Jets improved to 6-2-1 on the road while winning for the eighth time in the past nine games overall. Hellebuyck, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2019-20, improved his career record against Florida to 8-3-0.

Florida, which fell to 7-3-0 at home, got 29 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky. The Panthers got a boost before the game as center/captain Aleksander Barkov returned to the lineup after missing two consecutive games.

Flames 7, Stars 4

Blake Coleman and Elias Lindholm scored goals 29 seconds apart early in the third period during their two-point games as visiting Calgary erased a two-goal deficit with five unanswered goals to beat Dallas.

Yegor Sharagovich scored once and added two assists while A.J. Greer and Adam Ruzicka also collected one goal and one assist for the Flames, who are on a 6-2-2 run. Calgary’s Mikael Backlund and Nazem Kadri also tallied, while Andrew Mangiapane collected two assists and goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves.

Wyatt Johnston scored twice, Jason Robertson produced one goal and one assist and Joe Pavelski added a goal for the Stars, who fell to 1-2-1 in their past four games. Jamie Benn and Evgenii Dadonov both collected two assists, and Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger stopped 20 shots.

Avalanche 3, Wild 2

Kurtis MacDermid’s first goal of the season came early in the third period and proved to be the game-winner as Colorado prevailed in Saint Paul, Minn.

Ross Colton and Valeri Nichushkin also scored goals and Alexandar Georgiev had 19 saves for the Avalanche, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and an assist and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for Minnesota, which lost its sixth straight game. Filip Gustavsson made 22 saves.

Sabres 3, Penguins 2

Alex Tuch scored the game-winner with 2:44 left in regulation as Buffalo used a three-goal third period to top visiting Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner and Tuch each finished with a goal and an assist, Kyle Okposo also scored and Victor Olofsson added two assists for the Sabres, who are 2-0-1 in their past three games. Buffalo goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 31 saves.

Sidney Crosby and Lars Eller scored for the Penguins, who have lost four of five. Alex Nedeljkovic made 31 saves.

Islanders 5, Senators 3

Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee scored within a six-second span in the second period to lead New York past host Ottawa for its third straight win.

Kyle Palmieri and Oliver Wahlstrom had a goal and an assist for New York, Simon Holmstrom also scored and Alexander Romanov and Brock Nelson each had two assists. Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 of 31 shots.

Drake Batherson scored twice for the Senators, who saw their three-game win streak end. Tim Stutzle had a goal and an assist and Mathieu Joseph had two assists. Anton Forsberg stopped 21 of 26 shots for Ottawa.

Canucks 5, Kraken 1

Sam Lafferty, elevated to the first line, scored a goal and Thatcher Demko made 23 saves as Vancouver pulled away in the third period to end host Seattle’s five-game point streak (3-0-2).

Teddy Blueger, Dakota Joshua, Nils Hoglander and Ilya Mikheyev also scored and Nils Aman and Conor Garland had two assists apiece for the Canucks, who had lost three of their previous four games — including a 4-3 decision to visiting Seattle on Nov. 18.

Tye Kartye scored

Tye Kartye scored the lone goal for the Kraken, and Joey Daccord stopped 22 of 27 shots.

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STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FINALS

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN THREE-PEATS IN CLASS 1A FOOTBALL

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INDIANAPOLIS – Jackson Willis knows what heartbreak looks like at the football state finals.

He witnessed it firsthand when the Class A Lutheran Saints fell short against Lafayette Central Catholic, 29-28, inside Lucas Oil Stadium during the program’s first-ever Indiana High School Athletic Association football state finals appearance in 2019.

On Saturday afternoon, Willis made certain there would be no repeat of that chapter in program history.

Instead, the junior quarterback cemented top-ranked Indianapolis Lutheran’s three-peat championship bid behind a prolific four-touchdown performance, which tied an IHSAA Class A state finals record.

Not only did Willis’ feat highlight the Saints’ third-straight Class A state championship in four appearances overall, but it sparked a third consecutive comeback against No. 2 Adams Central in the state title game.

Marking the first time in IHSAA state finals history that two teams have met for the state championship in three consecutive years, Indianapolis Lutheran (13-0) made it a clean sweep against Adams Central, 35-28, while posting its 43rd straight victory – the fourth longest winning streak in state history.

“It’s amazing to win again. From going from our first state final five years ago that sadly we lost by one point, and me sitting on the sidelines over there seeing that when I was in seventh grade to this; it’s such a great feeling that we could come back and keep our legacy going every year,” Willis said.

Much like in 2021 and 2022, the Saints trailed against the Flying Jets (14-1) before rallying back.

Three years ago, the Saints overcame a 14-0 deficit in the state championship finals prior to winning 34-28. Last year, Adams Central led 7-3 before the Saints marched on to win 30-13.

This time, Adams Central grabbed a 7-0 lead after scoring on their initial drive. A 1-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Jack Hamilton capped the game’s opening 13-play drive that spanned 85 yards.

However, it would be the last advantage the Flying Jets would hold for the remainder of the game, as Willis and the Saints responded with three touchdowns in 3 minutes, 26 seconds of possession.

“It fires us up. We needed to show what our offense could do, and I think we did that today,” Willis said. “It was firing on all cylinders.”

The Saints’ defense clamped down simultaneously, limiting the Flying Jets to 6 and 4 yards and consecutive three-and-outs during their ensuing possessions. Adams Central converted two of five possessions in the first half. The Saints opened a perfect 4-for-4 to build a 28-14 lead by halftime.

“We were down? Oh, really? I don’t even remember being down because we’re not that type of team that stresses,” Saints junior wide receiver L.J. Ward said. “It’s because we believe in our coaches, and our offense. Jackson Willis, to me, regardless of class or anything, when he gets it going, he’s the best in the state.”

Willis converted three of his four touchdown passes on third down, beginning with a 67-yard strike to junior DeVuan Jones on third-and-3 to tie the game on Lutheran’s first three-play drive.

A 15-yard touchdown pass to Ward capped the Saints’ ensuing 4-play drive that covered 36 yards to put Indianapolis Lutheran ahead 14-7 late in the first quarter.

“It was an entertaining discussion on the sideline because I don’t know for a fact, but I’m not so sure that we’ve been behind all three years at some point early in a game,” Indianapolis Lutheran head coach Dave Pasch said. “Jackson Willis is a pretty good football player.”

Last year, Willis passed for 4,186 yards on 217 completions and 55 touchdowns, as the Saints claimed the Class A state title with a perfect 15-0 record.

This year, Willis finished with 31 touchdowns and 2,540 yards after completing 13 of 18 passes for 226 yards in the state finals.

“Has Jackson lost it? Well, I think a lot of that has to do with the opponents, and that they’ve been dropping into soft coverage all year, giving us the numbers where we’ve had to run the football,” Pasch said. “The offensive line has taken that to heart, and we’ve pounded it on people.

Today, they came out and wanted to play a heavy box and make us throw, and you saw the result.”

Senior running back Braydon Hall kept the Flying Jets’ defense honest, rushing for 145 yards on 30 carries and a 1-yard touchdown that put the Saints in control 21-7 early in the second quarter.

“It really doesn’t bother us. If people score, they score, but we know we’re going to win. Our confidence keeps going up,” Jones said. “Jackson is really confident. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the state, and we have a lot of chemistry, so he doesn’t ever really get worried.”

Willis and Ward connected once more before halftime with a 24-yard touchdown. Willis found Jones for a second time in the third quarter to open the half with a 20-yard score.

Both touchdowns were on back-to-back possessions and increased the Saints’ lead by two and three possessions. Jones finished with 87 yards on two receptions and two touchdowns. Ward added 39 yards on two catches and two scores to go with three tackles and a fourth-quarter interception.

“That was the big thing defensively, we struggled to get them stopped. I was very pleased with the offensive side of the ball. We knew we were going to have to pass in order to move the ball a little bit, but I was just disappointed we couldn’t get them stopped,” Adams Central head coach Michael Mosser said. “They’re just a very good football team. They have a lot of weapons offensively.”

The Flying Jets cut the deficit down to a touchdown twice in the game with senior quarterback Jack Hamilton completing 16 of 24 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns.

Hamilton’s first touchdown pass went to senior Trevor Currie for 13 yards in the second quarter, which narrowed the margin 21-14.

His second was hauled in by Currie for 8 yards late in the third quarter to bring the Flying Jets closer, 35-21. Ryan Tester caught Hamilton’s final touchdown pass for 30 yards with 1:24 left in the game.

Currie had six catches for 126 yards. Tester totaled 81 yards on five receptions.

The Flying Jets attempted an onside kick in the game’s final 1:30, but the Saints recovered and ran out the clock.

“I’m very proud of how our kids came out and fought and didn’t quit. That speaks volumes of our community and the culture that we have that we just fought,” Mosser said. “They’re a good football team, and I feel we’re a good football team. To battle them to this point, I feel good about that. Disappointed with the outcome, but I’m proud of how hard our kids played against such a good program.

“It’s hard to come down here and lose three years in a row, but I’m proud of the fact that we’re here.”

The Saints became the first Class A team to win three straight state titles since Lafayette Central Catholic won its third of four in a row in 2011. Indianapolis Lutheran also joins Lafayette Central Catholic with three straight undefeated Class A state championship seasons.

“We’re going to celebrate it. We’re going to enjoy it, and now we get to reflect. We talked about not looking back, but now we get to look back on the accomplishment and what an awesome thing,” Pasch said. “I know this one’s special. Someday maybe when I retire, I’ll look back and really appreciate three, but right now, I appreciate what this group has done because it’s theirs.”

CHATARD GOES BACK-TO-BACK WITH STATE RECORD-EXTENDING 17TH TITLE

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INDIANAPOLIS – With a 35-7 victory on Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Bishop Chatard Trojans extended their reign as the winningest team in IHSAA state football championship history behind record-tying performances by seniors Colin Guy on defense and Riley Kinnett on offense.

The Trojans, who defeated the Heritage Hills Patriots in the IHSAA 3A state championship game for the second time in five years, lead the state with 17 football titles in 18 trips to the top contest. It is the team’s second consecutive championship and fourth in the past five seasons under head coach Rob Doyle.

“We’ve got a great group of seniors and they set this goal from the beginning: To be undefeated number one, which is no easy task with our schedule, and number two, to get this far and win this game,” Doyle said. “They’ve had a proud tradition. They’ve been working hard together… I’m just so happy for them because they deserve this. They’ve worked really hard to get here.”

The Trojans began the game with an opening-drive rushing touchdown by Kinnett, the senior’s first of an IHSAA 3A state championship-record tying four in the game (last: Dray Mason of Bishop Chatard in 2003). The running back averaged 143.2 yards per game during the season and erupted for an outstanding performance in the campaign’s final contest, running for 158 yards on 25 attempts.

When the offense wasn’t on the field, Guy consistently stood out in turning the ball over. The cornerback ended the day with three interceptions, tying the overall state championship record set by Zionsville’s Wes Kendall in 1996. All three interceptions resulted in touchdowns for the Trojans, with an 11-yard pass from quarterback Aiden Artega to Jack Weybright bringing home the fifth score of the game.

“Those are both special kids,” Doyle said. “You don’t have a lot of Riley Kinnetts. Riley missed a lot of the year with a broken wrist, but we got him to 1,000 yards today, that’s something really special.

“Colin’s a two-way guy, it’s really hard to be a starter on our team, let alone play both ways. He missed a ball in the endzone, and we were messing with him a little bit, and so he got that first pick and it’s like, ‘Well, you got it on defense, so we’ll let it slide.’”

The Trojans stayed balanced on offense – one of their key focuses entering the championship contest – with 241 passing yards and 207 rushing yards. The team collected 25 first downs, just four shy of tying the IHSAA 3A state championship record.

Artega went 18-for-26 on pass attempts, completing at least one pass to six different receivers. Hunter Forestal led the team with 77 yards on five catches, 66 yards of which came on the ground after the catch. Guy followed closely behind with 66 yards on six catches.

Another focus of their matchup with Heritage Hills was on defense. Bishop Chatard excelled in stifling a dynamic offense led by quick sophomore Jett Goldsberry at quarterback. Goldsberry ended the game 8-for-15 with 106 passing yards – 23 of which came in the first half – and 50 yards on the ground. The Patriots collected 230 total yards, with their lone score coming on a 16-yard pass to Tyler Ruxer with just over a minute remaining in the contest.

Both sides of the Trojans’ game were led by seniors. Artega, Guy and Kinnett – the game’s leading performers – each entered their high school careers in the midst of COVID and helped lead the program to a trio of championships.

“I think when you have senior leadership, senior leadership runs the ship,” Doyle said. “Coaches can only say so much before it just becomes stale, and those things have to come from within. One of the things we talked about with our guys this year is decisions [they] make. Decide to be the best man you can be and you’re going to be a great football player. There were times this year when I saw those guys make that decision, honor it and they played that way. It was fun to watch.”

BIG FOURTH QUARTER SECURES SNIDER’S THIRD FOOTBALL CROWN

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INDIANAPOLIS – The 2023 season began for Fort Wayne Snider and head coach Kurt Tippmann with several questions to answer. Graduation losses from the previous season left the Panthers with several holes to fill in the line-up.

Fortunately, for Tippmann and the Panthers, they received the ultimate answer with a 33-6 triumph over Decatur Central in the Class 5A state championship game.

One of those answers, senior tailback Uriah Buchanan, ran for 235 yards and scored two touchdowns – on runs of 80 and 95 yards. In addition, the Snider defense came to the fore, holding the high-powered Hawks to just two field goals and 158 yards in offense to claim the program’s third state title – adding to the 1992 and 2015 titlists.

“These kids have worked very hard and everyone in this program knows they will work hard,” Tippmann said. “We’re proud of that and it leads to playing well at crucial points.”

Despite the final score, there were many crucial points in the contest. Simply put, the game was closer than the final margin indicated. The winners scored three times in the final 10 minutes to turn the game into a rout.

Decatur Central (11-3) opened the scoring on a 35-yard Ashton Vogel field goal in the first quarter. Snider (13-1) didn’t break through until early in the second quarter when Buchanan took a handoff on first down at the 20, slithered through the DC line and sprinted untouched the rest of the way for a 7-3 lead.

Vogel added a 41-yard field goal with 4:55 left in the second to send the game into halftime at 7-6, but not before the Panthers had a golden opportunity to pad that advantage.

After a high snap on a DC punt, Snider had a first-and-goal at the Hawks 1-yard line. Yet, two sacks sandwiched a short Buchanan run that left Snider with a hurried field goal attempt that missed as time expired.

“It was really hard at the end of the first half,” Tippmann admitted. “We talked, pointedly, at halftime that this would be a gut-check and, fortunately, the kids responded and shook it off.”

The Panthers opened the second half by forcing a Decatur Central punt and, once again, a poor snap led to a 4-yard loss and a turnover at the DC 30. Snider couldn’t move the ball, but sophomore Meng Tung came on to boot a 47-yard field goal that barely floated over the cross bar for a 10-6 Snider lead.

Snider extended that lead to 13-6 on an 18-yard field goal by Chase Wennemar with 1:43 left in the third.

Buchanan delivered the back-breaker on Snider’s next possession. After a punt, the Panthers took over on their own 5-yard line and, two plays later, Buchanan went right up the middle of the DC defense and raced 95 yards for a 19-6 lead with just over nine minutes remaining.

The run was one-yard short of the Class 5-A finals record, which was set by Vaughn Dunbar – another Snider product – in 1986.

“It really came down to those two long runs,” DC coach Kyle Enright said. “(Buchanan) is a great player. Each time, he came out of the pile and had the speed to take it to the house.”

Panthers quarterback Keron Billingsley added a 16-yard scoring run, then connected with Buchanan on a 26-yard throwback screen pass for the final score with 3:17 left.

Decatur Central’s dual-threat quarterback Bo Polston (one of five sophomores to start on offense for his team) hit only 6-of-16 passes for 59 yards and was held to 17 yards rushing on eight attempts. Junior N’po Dodo led the Hawks with 64 yards rushing on 12 carries.

While Buchanan missed the longest run record by one yard, he also fell two yards short of 2,000 rushing yards for the season.

“We’re going home state champions, so it’s all good,” Buchanan said.

Decatur Central was making its second state finals appearance after falling in the 2018 title game to New Palestine.

COLTS FOOTBALL

COLTS-BUCCANEERS PREVIEW: ONE BIG THING TO WATCH ON OFFENSE, DEFENSE AS AFC PLAYOFF PUSH CONTINUES

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The Colts returned from their week off on Monday with a fresh outlook on the AFC playoff race, in which they sit ninth with a 5-5 record entering Week 12.

It was a notable week at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, though, with Tuesday’s news that linebacker Shaquille Leonard was waived. By Wednesday, though, the Colts’ focus shifted back to preparing for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that’ll provide a few specific challenges at Lucas Oil Stadium – where, by the way, the Colts are just 1-4 this season.

With that in mind, here’s a look at those specific challenges – ones which, if the Colts can overcome, they can leave downtown Indianapolis with a 6-5 record and boosted odds to make the playoffs.

When the Colts have the ball

Only one team – the Minnesota Vikings – blitzes at a higher rate than Todd Bowles’ Buccaneers, who’ve sent pressure on just under 50 percent of their defensive snaps entering Week 12, per Pro Football Focus. And while Tampa Bay may be predictable in when they blitz, they’re not predictable in how they’ll blitz.

Bowles, first as the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator and now as head coach, is known for varying the kind of pressure he’ll dial up. Some will be simulated pressure (four pass rushers, but with a blitzing linebacker or defensive back and defensive linemen dropping into coverage), some will be five-man pressures (either a linebacker or defensive back plus four defensive linemen) and some will be with six or more pass rushers.

While the Buccaneers have faced the 14th-most coverage snaps (407), they’ve dropped at least one defensive linemen or edge players into coverage 140 times, the fourth-highest total in the NFL. Those can come on simulated pressures or five+ player blitzes – and underscore the you-don’t-know-where-it’s-coming-from challenge of facing Bowles’ aggressive defense.

“That’s the thing — they make you scan all areas of the field,” running back Jonathan Taylor said. “Other schemes, you kind of got a sense, okay, you can see rotation, you have little keys and details pre-snap. But with this defense, you never know where it’s coming from, so it’s kind of like you need to make sure all your senses are heightened, everyone’s on the same page with communication so that whatever they may bring, we’re able to pick it up and lock it because it’s going to be one of those games.”

Picking up those blitzes is critical, because if you do, Tampa Bay’s defense has struggled at times to defend the pass. Only two teams have allowed a higher passer rating when blitzing than the Buccaneers (113.9), and no team has allowed more passing plays of 15 or more yards when blitzing than Tampa Bay (36), per Pro Football Focus. When the Buccaneers blitz but do not generate pressure, 47 percent of passing plays have resulted in a first down or touchdown, the sixth-highest rate in the NFL – again, for a team that blitzes at the second-highest rate.

Still, there’s nothing easy about facing this defense, which fields league-wide stars like defensive tackle Vita Vea, defensive end Shaquill Barrett, linebacker Devin White and safety Antoine Winfield Jr., among other standouts. (White will be a game-day decision and veteran linebacker Lavonte David will not play Sunday, Bowles revealed Friday.)

“I have a ton of respect for Todd Bowles,” head coach Shane Steichen said. “Obviously, being an opposing coach on other teams, going against that style of defense – he does a really good job with his pressure package. They’re a good front. Vita Vea is a really good player inside. David and White, the linebackers are really good players. They’ve got some guys dinged up on the backend. We’ll see how that plays out. Winfield Jr., the safety, is a really good player.

“It will be a heck of a challenge. He always has really good defenses – the way he plays it, the way he mixes it up, the structure of things, showing one look and doing something else off it is really good. So, we have to be detailed and we’ve got to do our best as coaches to put our guys in position this week.”

When the Colts are on defense

Here’s an interesting stat split, from PFF:

Baker Mayfield when under pressure: 93.3 passer rating (24th)

Baker Mayfield when not under pressure: 87.3 passer rating (5th)

The upshot here: Baker Mayfield is one of those quarterbacks against whom getting pressure isn’t always enough. His ability to create while keeping his eyes downfield has opened up plenty of opportunities for Mike Evans, who’s tracking toward his 10th consecutive 1,000-yard season (he has 780 yards with seven games left). 

“They have some really good receivers, really good weapons for Baker and he’s been able to make those deep throws down the field,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “We gotta get there.”

Evans, notably, enters Week 12 with his highest overall yards per reception (16.3) since before Tom Brady’s three seasons in Tampa Bay. With a quarterback who can create and push the ball downfield, Evans has the second-highest average depth of target (15.2 yards beyond the line of scrimmage) of any receiver in the NFL this season. 

The question for Colts defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this week will be how he turns the dial of committing players – specifically, safety Julian Blackmon – against the run or the pass. 

“If you can stop the run and some split-safety, that gives you even more flexibility,” Bradley said. “Last game, they got some runs on us, but we played a little bit more split-safety so there was give and take.”

The Buccaneers enter Week 12 with the lowest yards per carry average (3.1) in the NFL, but the Colts are 26th against the run (4.6 yards/carry) in the four games since defensive tackle Grover Stewart was suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances (Stewart will return in Week 14).

So for the Colts’ defense, while the Buccaneers have one of the NFL’s top wide receiver duos in Evans and Chris Godwin (50 catches, 561 yards), their plan on Sunday will come down to stopping the run. 

“We gotta make sure we take care of the run game first,” Buckner said, “and then when we have opportunities, we gotta get to Baker.”

PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME REWIND: PACERS 136, PISTONS 113 (IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT)

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The Pacers entered Friday’s In-Season Tournament game with a simple mission: beat the Detroit Pistons at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in their final Group Play game to secure homecourt advantage for the Quarterfinals of the upcoming Knockout Rounds.

It seemed easy enough on paper against a Pistons team that entered Friday’s contest having lost 12 straight games. But Detroit made it difficult, hanging tough for most of the night and even leading in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

Nonetheless, the Pacers took care of business down the stretch, closing the game with a 32-9 run to a 136-113 victory.

With the victory, the Pacers (9-6) went a perfect 4-0 in Group Play and are now guaranteed to finish as one of the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference. That means Indiana will host a Quarterfinal game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on either Dec. 4 or 5. The exact date and opponent for that contest will be determined following the conclusion of Group Play on Tuesday.

“It’s significant,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “It really is. It guarantees us one of the top two spots…We do know that we’ll be hosting the first Knockout game here at Gainbridge. That’s enormous for our team, for the organization, for our ownership, for our fans. That’s going to be another opportunity for us.”

Indiana trailed Detroit (2-14) 106-104 with under nine minutes to play when Myles Turner tied the game with a hook shot. On the other end, Turner blocked Alec Burks’ 3-point attempt. Obi Toppin then knocked down a go-ahead three. A minute later, Andrew Nembhard intercepted a Jaden Ivey pass and threw it ahead to Bruce Brown, who threw down a vicious right-hand tomahawk dunk.

A short while later, Mathurin ripped the ball away from Ivey on the right wing to trigger another fastbreak. He wound up missing a layup, but Turner was trailing right behind him and completed an easy putback slam to stretch the Pacers’ lead to 115-108.

Carlisle let the five-man group of Nembhard, Brown, Mathurin, Toppin, and Turner largely close the game as they continued to build the lead. Haliburton subbed in for Toppin with 3:01 remaining and provided the exclamation point with a three and a breakaway slam in the final minute.

Haliburton and Turner both recorded double-doubles to lead seven Pacers in double figures in the victory.

Haliburton had been questionable for Friday’s contest with a sprained right wrist and played with it heavily taped, but the All-Star guard still managed to tally a team-high 26 points and 10 assists, going 5-for-13 from 3-point range.

Turner added 23 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks.

The 6-11 center got going early for the Blue & Gold on Friday. Turner scored Indiana’s first nine points to power the Pacers to an early five-point lead.

Detroit responded with a 15-5 run to surge in front. The Pistons held the lead for a couple minutes before the Pacers locked down defensively.

Indiana held Detroit without a point from 4:47 remaining in the opening quarter until Killian Hayes’ jumper with 37.5 seconds to play in the frame. The Pacers scored 13 points over that span — five from Jalen Smith and four from Isaiah Jackson — while getting a stop on eight straight defensive possessions.

Thanks to that stretch, the Pacers took a 33-26 lead into the second quarter.

Haliburton electrified the crowd midway through the ensuing frame with back-to-back 3-pointers. The All-Star guard’s first trey came at the 6:51 mark, but it was what he did on the next possession that sent the fans into a frenzy. From the right wing, Haliburton unleashed a crossover that sent rookie Pistons forward Ausar Thompson into a stumble. Haliburton waited calmly as Thompson slid backwards, then knocked down the uncontested three, and skipped back up the court.

That put Indiana up 52-40, but the Pistons answered with a 14-4 run to get right back into the contest.

The visitors eventually moved in front a few minutes later on Ivey’s layup with 1:43 remaining. Buddy Hield answered with a layup of his own on the other end — two of his 12 points in the second quarter. But Cade Cunningham drew a foul on a 3-point attempt with 10.2 seconds remaining and made all three free throws to put Detroit up 63-61 at the intermission.

The Pacers retook the lead early in the third quarter thanks to a 10-0 run that featured 3-pointers from both Obi Toppin and Haliburton.

Indiana remained in front for the remainder of the quarter behind strong performances from Haliburton — who scored 11 points in the frame — and Mathurin, who came off the bench midway through the quarter and tallied eight points.

The Pacers led for the final nine-plus minutes of the third quarter, but weren’t able to create much separation. Burks’ 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the frame made it just a 97-96 lead entering the fourth.

The two teams traded the lead six times in the first four-plus minutes of the final frame before the Blue & Gold surged ahead for good. A big reason why the Pacers were able to pull away was the play of Brown and Nembhard, who locked down Cunningham in the fourth quarter to help lead the defensive effort.

“We started being more physical, picking up Cade early,” Brown said. “Me and Drew, we switched off on him a little bit.”

Carlisle traced the effort on that end back to a conversation he had with Brown before the start of the third quarter.

“At halftime I said to Bruce, about a minute-and-a-half before the half started, I said, ‘This is why we brought you to Indiana,” Carlisle recalled. “‘You’ve got to do a (great) job on Cunningham. You’ve just got to make it difficult.’ He and Nembhard made it really difficult. The guy had nine (of his 31) points in the second half and that was a big key to the game.”

Hield finished with 18 points in the win, Mathurin added 15 off the bench, while Toppin also tallied 15 going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. Nembhard — back on the court after missing the past three games with a sore lower back — scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and also dished out four assists. Brown was his usual solid self, contributing 10 points, four rebounds, and five assists.

Cunningham led all scorers with 31 points and had five assists, going 10-for-26 from the field and 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Ivey added 25 points for Detroit, while Jalen Duren recorded a double-double off the bench with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Pacers will host Portland on Monday before heading to Miami for a two-game road trip later next week, their final games before the Quarterfinals.

Inside the Numbers

Haliburton recorded his third straight double-double and his 12th in 14 games this season.

Turner posted his fourth double-double of the season and set a new season high with five blocks. All 10 of his rebounds came in the second half.

Hield had another strong outing in his third game in the starting lineup. After tallying 55 points and going 13-for-18 from 3-point range over his past two games, he scored 18 points and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

The Pacers once again outscored their opponent significantly from 3-point range. Indiana went 16-for-38 (42.1 percent). The Pistons shot it almost as well, but a much lower volume, going 7-for-18 (38.9 percent).

With Aaron Nesmith missing his second straight game with a sprained right wrist, third-year big man Isaiah Jackson was in the rotation and highly productive off the bench. Jackson finished with eight points, six rebounds, and three blocks in 19 minutes.

You Can Quote Me On That

“It’s important to get home court. We’re excited about that so we don’t have to travel. Don’t know who it’s going to be against, but excited to have kind of that first postseason feel. Hopefully we get more of that moving forward. But I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to be a part of the Quarterfinals.” -Haliburton going 4-0 in the group

“It’s obviously not the playoffs, but they’re playoff feel, playoff-like games. Us getting this experience early, being such a young group, is so important…Being battle-tested early so you’re ready for that type of physicality and that type of style of play near the end of the year. It’s big time.” -Turner on the In-Season Tournament experience

“It was more of mentality that we locked in. Obviously, either winning or losing this game would determine if we had homecourt advantage or not (in the Knockout Rounds). Also we wanted to go 4-0 in this tournament. It’s the first time ever in history.” -Smith on the Pacers’ motivation on Friday

“Our bench defensively was unreal out there. Nembhard and Bruce playing with Drew is as good as we’ve got with defense in the backcourt. And I thought Mathurin was terrific. It looked like a replay of the Milwaukee game (where he had several big defensive stops in the fourth quarter to seal a win).” -Carlisle on the defensive effort

“I thought Bruce was really good. We changed a little bit and denied full court which we’ve also done against other guys like Trae (Young) a couple years ago. It’s exactly why Bruce was brought here, to defend at a level like that. I thought he did a really good job.” -Haliburton on Brown’s defense on Cunningham

“Mathurin had another great game. It’s been an up-and-down start for him, but as I’ve continued to communicate with him, this year is not last year…It’s harder. Teams are coming at us…Tonight, he went in the game with force and a level of determination that was really key in this victory.” -Carlisle on Mathurin’s impact

“I was mad, bro, I’m not going to lie…Just sitting out the whole game and seeing positions where I could help, once I got out there I just told myself to go, just unleash.” -Turner on having a big fourth quarter after battling foul trouble earlier in the night

“I can play both positions (power forward and center). Any position you put me in, I’m going to try my best to succeed at it and do whatever I can do to help the team win. Obviously we all know what Isaiah can do and how much effort he brings to the team. It was just about time that it happened.” -Smith on playing alongside Jackson

“Honestly, I was impressed. I think that they both know their role (and) they both play their role very well. Zay (Jackson) is just so vocal and Stix (Smith) can obviously play inside out. Defensively, that’s where I’ve seen the grown on both of their parts. We all know Zay can block shots, now they’re moving their feet, they’re out guarding guards. Being two-way players is so important in this league and what’s going to really help them grow.” -Turner on Jackson and Smith playing together in the frontcourt

Stat of the Night

The Pacers outscored Detroit 39-17 in the fourth quarter on Friday. They held the Pistons to 6-of-17 shooting (35.3 percent) in the frame, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range, and also forced six turnovers.

Noteworthy

Hield surpassed 9,000 career points with his first basket on Friday. Just 15 games into his eighth NBA season, he currently ranks 66th in career scoring among active players.

Carlisle picked up his 250th win as head coach of the Pacers on Friday, tying him with Frank Vogel for the most coaching wins in NBA franchise history. Carlisle and Vogel trail Hall of Famer Slick Leonard, who is the overall franchise record holder with 529 career wins across the ABA and NBA.

The Pacers once again played a home game on the Friday after Thanksgiving, a traditional slot on the schedule. They have won four straight and nine of their last 10 contests on “Gold Friday.”

Up Next

The Pacers will host Malcolm Brogdon and the Portland Trail Blazers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 PM ET.

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL EARN POINT IN OT LOSS TO KOMETS

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Fort Wayne Komets on Black Friday after Fort Wayne claimed an overtime win on their annual Thanksgiving Day game just a day before. In an exciting and close matchup, the Komets came away with another overtime win, this time 3-2 in Indy.

1ST PERIOD

At 4:27 of the first period, Sam Ruffin took the first penalty of the game, a tripping call giving Fort Wayne a power play that they did not score on.

Six minutes later, Fort Wayne’s Xavier Bernard was called for a delay of game, giving Indy a power play. Captain Seamus Malone was able to capitalize at 11:06 with his third goal of the season to give Indy a 1-0 lead.

Bryan Lemos and Cam Hillis both claimed assists on that goal. The rest of the first period went by quickly with minimal stoppages. Indy outshot the Komets 12-9 by the end of the first.

2ND PERIOD

Both teams came out for the second period with a bit more fire and as a result there was more pushing and shoving between these cross-state rivals.

Despite no penalties called, both teams got a little feisty multiple times as the period went on.

At 17:37, Cameron Supryka scored his first goal of the season to tie the game up for Fort Wayne. Matt Wedman had the lone assist on that goal.

Quickly after that goal, there was a review for an almost-goal for the Fuel. Kyle Maksimovich shot the puck past Brett Brochu in goal that almost touched the goal line before another Fort Wayne player was able to swat it away.

After a review, it was not called a goal and the score remained tied through the end of the frame.

3RD PERIOD

Less than three minutes into the period, Jon Martin took a high sticking penalty giving Fort Wayne an early power play opportunity in the period. That penalty was killed off but the Fuel bit next again with a call against Santino Centorame.

Forty seconds into that power play, it initially appeared Fort Wayne scored, however the second goal review of the night proved it was not a goal after Wedman made a distinct kicking motion to direct the puck into the net. The score remained 1-1.

At 14:55, Colin Bilek collected a loose puck right in front of Fort Wayne’s net and was able to put it across the goal line to take a late 2-1 lead. This goal was unassisted.

Two minutes later, Jack Dugan tied the game again with the help of Wedman.

At the end of the third period, the Fuel were outshooting the Komets 32-22 but the score remained tied 2-2 and the teams headed to overtime.

OVER TIME

At 2:55, after a shot for each team, Jake Johnson scored to give Fort Wayne the 3-2 overtime win with the help of Carl Berglund.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on November 29, 2023 for Wednesday Night Hockey against the Wheeling Nailers.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 6 VS. HARVARD

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a matchup against Harvard at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 26, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on BTN.

• The Crimson enter the contest with a 5-1 record including three wins away from the Lavietes Pavilion in Boston. Harvard owns true road victories over Rice (89-76), UMass (78-75), and Colgate (76-70).  

• Freshman guard Malik Mack leads Harvard with 20.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 3.0 made 3-pointers per game.

• Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker is in his 16th season as the Crimson head coach. He holds a record of 283-167 while working the sidelines at Harvard.

Game Information

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023 • 4:30 PM ET

Gainbridge Fieldhouse (20,0000) • Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: BTN (Matt Schumacher, Robbie Hummel)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 1-0

Last Meeting: IU 97, HAR 76 on Dec. 2, 1972, in Bloomington

Series History

• The Hoosiers won the lone matchup between the two programs by a score of 97-76 on Dec. 2, 1972, in Bloomington.

• Indiana was led by Hall of Famer Steve Downing in the 1972-73 season opener. He finished the game with a 31-point, 12-rebound double-double. Downing would be named Big Ten MVP and lead Indiana to a Final Four appearance that season.

Last Time Out

• Indiana defeated Louisville in a 74-66 win on day two of the Empire Classic (Nov. 20) at Madison Square Garden behind a massive output from the second unit.

• Sophomore forward Kaleb Banks produced his best collegiate game with career highs in rebounds (8), assists (3), steals (3), blocks (3), and minutes (25) to go along with four points.

• Fifth-year senior forward Anthony Walker (11), junior forward Payton Sparks (9), and sophomore guard CJ Gunn (6) helped the Hoosier bench score a season-high 30 points.

• Indiana outscored Louisville by a tally of 42-28 in the paint and converted 25-of-34 free throw attempts.

Hoosiers in the 317

• Indiana holds a record of 84-27 while playing in Indianapolis. IU has won six-straight non-conference games in Indy dating back to the 2016-17 season. Indiana defeated Miami (Ohio) by a score of 86-56 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse last season.

• Hoosier head coach Mike Woodson, an Indianapolis native, has won four of the five games he has coached in the home of the Indiana Pacers since his hire.

• Woodson played Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis and averaged 28.6 points as a senior. He scored 1,154 points in his career and earned All-State honors while being a member of the Indiana All-Stars.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in all five games this season, including four efforts of at least 14 points. He notched a career-high 18 points against No. 5/4 UConn (Nov. 19).

• The Miami, Fla., native scored in double figures in seven games during his freshman campaign, while hitting 14 points or more just twice.

• Reneau is averaging 15.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, a team-high 3.0 assists, and 1.4 blocks in 28 minutes per game.

Big Man on Campus

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, leads the team in points per game (15.8), rebounds (9.0), and blocks (1.6) while shooting 56.3% in 32 minutes per game.

• The North Little Rock, Ark., native posted his first career double-double (13p, 12r) in his Indiana debut against Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 7). His second-career double-double came against Wright State (Nov. 16) with 22 points and 12 boards.

Paint Production

• Indiana averages 37.2 points per game in the paint and shoots 58.5% (107-of-183) from inside the arc. The Hoosiers hold opponents to 24.4 points per night in the key.

• IU scored a season-best 56 points in the paint against Wright State (Nov. 16).

Empire State of Mind

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau, a member of the 2023 Saatva Empire Classic All-Tournament Team, showed out in the World’s Most Famous Arena. He averaged 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.5 blocks in a pair of games against No. 5/4 UConn and Louisville.

• Sophomore forward Kaleb Banks had a breakout game against border rival Louisville (Nov. 20) in the Empire Classic. He posted career highs in rebounds (8), assists (3), steals (3), blocks (3), and minutes (25) to go along with four points.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SATURDAY MORNING TILT ON DECK FOR NO. 21 INDIANA VERSUS PRINCETON

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 21 Indiana rounds out action at the 2023 Elevance Health Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic when it faces Princeton on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.

ABOUT THE TIGERS

Princeton is coming off a 77-63 win over Oklahoma in its opening game in Fort Myers on Thursday. They are led by sophomore guard Madison St. Rose who averages 19.0 points per game and put up a career-high 26 points over the Sooners. Senior guard Kaitlyn Chen adds 17.2 points and 4.2 assists per outing. The Tigers average 68.6 points and shoot 42.6 percent from the floor per game.

SERIES HISTORY

Series tied at 1-1

LAST MEETING

3/24/22 – W, 56-55 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

Indiana and Princeton are meeting for just the third time overall but second time in three seasons on Saturday morning. In the last meeting, IU walked away with the NCAA Tournament second round win over the Tigers, 56-55, inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers are coming off a Thanksgiving Day win over No. 19 Tennessee, 71-57. Sophomore guard Yarden Garzon scored 23 points on her 20th birthday as she went 5-for-6 from beyond-the-arc. Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes added 17 points and senior guard Sara Scalia chipped in 10.

Scalia was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her two 20-plus point performances against Murray State and Lipscomb. The Stillwater, Minn. native averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists sand held a +8.0 assist-to-turnover ratio combined in her efforts, leading the team in scoring in both games.

Scalia is a perfect 15-for-15 at the free throw line this season and has knocked down 32 consecutive free throws which dates back to Feb. 5, 2023.

UP NEXT

A homecoming awaits Holmes as she returns to her native Maine with the Hoosiers as they take on Maine in Portland, Maine on Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. ET at Cross Insurance Arena.

INDIANA FOOTBALL

GAME NOTES: AT PURDUE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Since 1925, the Indiana football program has tussled with Purdue for the right to possess the Old Oaken Bucket. On Saturday (Nov. 25), the two teams will meet for the 125th in program history and the 98th with the Old Oaken Bucket on the line. The game will air on Big Ten Network and kickoff is scheduled for noon from Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.

INDIANA (3-8, 1-7 Big Ten) at PURDUE (3-8, 2-6 Big Ten)

Ross-Ade Stadium (West Lafayette, Ind.)

Saturday, Nov. 25 | Noon ET

TV: Big Ten Network | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting the Scene

• The 98th Battle for the Old Oaken Bucket between Indiana and Purdue will commence at noon on Saturday (Nov. 25) from Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana, with the Hoosiers looking to snap a two-game skid versus the Boilermakers.

• The 2023 contest marks the 125th overall meeting between the two programs, who met for 100 straight seasons between 1920 and 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 game.

• Both teams enter the meeting with 3-8 overall marks and both teams have played a handful of one-score games. Indiana is 2-3 in its five games decided by eight-or-fewer points, while Purdue is 1-3 in four one-score contests.

• With the 125th meeting between the two programs is No. 7 among the most played FBS rivalries in the history of the sport.

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By The Numbers

7th – Most played rivalry in college football with the 125th overall meeting slated for the 2023 regular season finale. MORE ON PAGE 4

19 – Tackles for loss or no gain by Aaron Casey per Pro Football Focus to lead all Power 5 tacklers. MORE ON PAGE 13

7 – Takeaways by the Indiana defense over the last four games, which includes six in the last three contests. Four of those have ended up in the hands of redshirt senior Josh Sanguinetti.

2016 – Is the year of the last 100-tackle season by a Hoosier defender, as Aaron Casey is two tackles shy of that mark with 98 stops entering the Battle for the Old Oaken Bucket.

News & Notes

• Redshirt senior Aaron Casey has at least one tackle for loss in eight of the last nine weeks and has produced six straight games with at least eight tackles. He’s on pace to post the first 100-tackle season since Tegray Scales in 2016 with 98 stops entering Week 13.

• Casey piled up 4.0 tackles for loss with 2.0 sacks as part of a nine-tackle effort in the win over Wisconsin in Week 10 to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. His 4.0 TFLs are the most by a Hoosier since 2016 and rank tied for No. 9 in a single game in 2023.

• His 98 tackles rank tied for No. 4 in the Big Ten and he leads the Big Ten with 16.0 tackles for loss, which ranks No. 7 in the FBS. Casey’s 19 tackles for loss or no gain lead the Big Ten and are No. 2 in the Power 5 per Pro Football Focus.

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• Redshirt freshman Brendan Sorsby has accounted for 14 touchdowns over the last five weeks – all starts – with 10 passing and four rushing scores. Sorsby rushed and threw for a score in each game during a three week span from Week 9-11.

• Sorsby became the first Indiana quarterback since at least 1996 with multiple passing touchdowns of 60-plus yards in a single with two scoring strikes over 60 yards at No. 10/10 Penn State as part of a three-touchdown day from the pocket.

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• Per Pro Football Focus, redshirt senior Andre Carter ranks No. 14 in the Big Ten with 27 total pressures (sacks, QB hits or hurries).

• With 2.0 tackles for loss in each of the first two games of the season, Carter’s 4.0 TFLs were the most by a Hoosier in the first two games of a season since 2004 when Kyle Killion posted 5.5 tackles for loss.

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• Redshirt senior Josh Sanguinetti pulled in his third career interception in the fourth quarter at No. 10/10 Penn State to set up the game tying score and end Drew Allar’s FBS record for attempts to start a career without an interception (311 attempts). He added a pair of fumble recoveries against Wisconsin the next week, then pulled down an interception versus Michigan State in Week 12.

• Redshirt sophomore Trent Howland led the team in rushing attempts (19) and yards (77) and scored his second touchdown of the season versus Michigan State. Over his last two games, Howland has gained 179 yards on 32 carries (5.6 ypc) with two touchdowns.

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• The first career 100-yard receiving game for junior Donaven McCulley came at Illinois, as he piled up 11 catches (17 targets) and 137 yards with two touchdowns. He has 33 catches for 372 yards over the last four weeks.

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INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

HOOSIERS SERVE SPARTANS OFF COURT IN 3-1 VICTORY

EAST LANSING, Mich. –  Behind 14 service aces, Indiana’s most in a Big Ten match during the rally era, the IU volleyball team defeated Michigan State 3-1 (25-22, 25-13, 21-25, 25-10) on Friday afternoon at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

Junior setter Camryn Haworth provided six aces with sophomore outside hitter Candela Alonso-Corcelles going for five as IU (20-12, 10-9) recorded its 20th win of the season. The Hoosiers 10 wins in conference play are the most since 2002.

With 14 aces on Friday afternoon, IU has become the first Big Ten program in the 25-point rally era to record consecutive 200-ace seasons. Minnesota (2001 and 2002) is the only other team to do it since 2001.

The Hoosiers compiled 11 total team blocks and dug 49 balls while hitting a collective .271 (48-16-118) on the afternoon in the victory.

IU will look to match a program record with 21 regular season wins tomorrow in Ann Arbor against Michigan at 6:30 PM.

Stats and Notes

Team

• IU recorded its 20th win of the season, the first time the program has won 20 games in a season since 2010. It marks just the sixth 20-win regular season for IU since the Big Ten and NCAA began sponsoring volleyball in 1981.

• With the win, the Hoosiers have won both 20 games overall and 10 games in the Big Ten. It’s just the fifth time in program history IU has won 20 and 10 in the same season and the first time since 2002.

• The Hoosiers tallied 14 service aces in the match, the second time this season they’ve hit 14 in a single match. The 14 aces are the most by the program in a Big Ten match in the history of the rally era (since 2001).

• IU had 218 aces in 2022 and now has 211 in 2023, the first Big Ten program with consecutive 200-ace seasons since NCAA volleyball began playing in a 25-point scoring system (since 2008).

#10 Haworth, Camryn

• The junior setter was outstanding from the service line on Friday, providing six aces in the victory. It is her third-straight year with a match of six aces.

• She has 72 aces on the season, making her just the sixth-different Big Ten player with 70+ aces in a single season during the rally era. She has the ninth-most aces in a single season Big Ten rally-era history.

• Haworth’s 37 assists moved her to 1,200 on the season, the first IU setter with 1,200+ assists in a single campaign since 2007.

• With a double-double on Friday (37 assists, 15 digs), she has 10 double-doubles for the second-straight year. She is the first IU player, under the current scoring system, with consecutive seasons of 10+ double-doubles.

#15 Kjolhede, Savannah

• The senior middle blocker went for five kills and nine blocks in the victory. Her nine blocks helped spell a total of 11 team blocks for the Hoosiers.

#3 Alonso-Corcelles, Candela

• For the 15th-straight match, the sophomore went for 10-plus kills as IU’s primary attacker. She tallied a game-high 14 kills in the victory.

Scoring Recap

Set 1: Indiana 25, Michigan State 22

• IU was effective offensively from the jump, hitting .333 (14-3-33) in the first frame. Alonso-Corcelles went for six kills while senior outside hitter Morgan Geddes added three herself.

• The Hoosiers took a 17-11 lead midway through the set but Michigan State closed the gap to just two at 22-23 to force head coach Steve Aird into a timeout.

• Out of the timeout, Alonso-Corcelles and Geddes went for a pair of kills to put the first set on ice and give the Hoosiers an early advantage.

Set 2: Indiana 25, Michigan State 13

• Led by four kills from Alonso-Corcelles, IU hit .455 (11-1-22) to dominate the second set and open up a big lead on the Spartans.

• The Hoosiers added two aces and four team blocks in the second game, holding Michigan State to just 13 points while the hosts hit -.074 (8-10-27).

• After Michigan State burned its second timeout of the set down four points (10-14), IU went on a 11-3 run to close out a dominant second game.

Set 3: Michigan State 25, Indiana 21

• IU struggled with self-inflicted wounds in the third set as Michigan State rallied to send the match to four sets.

• The Hoosiers had four aces and three blocks but totaled nine attacking errors to allow the Spartans back into the match.

• IU leveled the match at 18-all after a five-point run but Michigan State responded with a 4-0 run of its own to take a 22-18 lead. Both teams exchanged service errors to end the set.

Set 4: Indiana 25, Michigan State 10

• IU turned the tides back in game four, hitting .321 (12-3-28) while holding Michigan State to just zero offensively (6-6-27).

• The Hoosiers had six aces in the fourth set including four in the same run of serve from Alonso-Corcelles to blow the game open.

• Michigan State closed the set to a four-point deficit (6-10) but IU responded on a 19-4 run to easily put the Spartans away in four.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

#13 PURDUE SWEEPS MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An efficient night for the No. 13 Purdue volleyball squad, which included a .348 team hitting %, led to a sweep at Michigan, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-17).

No Boilermaker recorded more than two errors as Purdue earned its seventh .300 attack % or better this season. The effort was led by Eva Hudson’s 14 kills and .324 attack % and a career-high-tying .455 clip by Chloe Chicoine (11-1-22).

Hudson’s next kill will mark her 1,000th and the sophomore will become the fastest Boilermaker in the rally-scoring era to reach the milestone.

Freshman setter Taylor Anderson dished out 33 assists while libero Maddie Schermerhorn secured a team-leading 17 digs.

Purdue (20-8, 14-5 Big Ten) closes out the regular-season tomorrow night at Michigan State (17-13, 9-10 Big Ten). The match is slated to begin at 6 p.m. on B1G+. Then, the Boilermakers will find out their postseason fate in Sunday’s Selection Show, scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Quick Hits

The win marked the 15th 20-win season under head coach Dave Shondell.

Purdue registered a .348 attack % while holding Michigan to .119%, and is the most efficient offense in a month (last: .390% vs. Minnesota on 10/26).

The team’s efficient night included a .361 attack % over the first two sets, with no Boilermaker with more than one error in the match.

Chicoine’s .455 attack % ties her performance vs. Iowa (10/7) as the most efficient mark of the season. The Boilermaker came two digs shy of a double-double while it is the 10th consecutive match with as many kills for the freshman.

Lourdes Myers recorded six kills on seven attacks with one error for a .714 hitting % and added five total blocks (1-4).

Purdue out-blocked Michigan, 9-2, marking the third time this season the team has held an opponent to two or fewer blocks.

It is the second straight match the squad has held their opponent to a .119 attack % or less.

The Boilermaker defense improved with each set, forcing more Wolverine errors and a lower hitting % as the match progressed.

PURDUE FOOTBALL

GAME 12 PREP: OLD OAKEN BUCKET BACK UP FOR GRABS AT ROSS-ADE SATURDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Football closes out the 2023 campaign with the annual Old Oaken Bucket Game. The Boilermakers battle Indiana in the rivalry trophy matchup from Ross-Ade Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET on BTN.

Purdue has eclipsed 300 yards rushing in back-to-back games, accomplishing the feat for the first time since 1968 (55 years). The Boilermakers average a Big Ten-best 185.4 rushing yards in conference contests.

OLD OAKEN BUCKET HISTORY               

• While Saturday’s game will be the 125th meeting between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers, this year’s matchup will be just the 98th edition of the Old Oaken Bucket Game.

• Since 1925, Purdue and Indiana have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers lead the Bucket portion of the all-time series 62-32-3, including 17 wins in the last 25 showdowns.

• Purdue has won four of the past five matchups (game was not played in 2020 due to COVID-19).

• The Chicago alumni groups of both schools came up with the idea for a traveling trophy, and Russell Gray of Purdue and Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding an appropriate object. They recommended that “an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana.” Purdue’s Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket, in a bad state of repair, covered with moss and mold, on the Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.

• The Bruner farm was settled in the 1840s, and family lore suggests the bucket might have been used by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his soldiers during their incursion into Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War.

• George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and Harry Kurrie, president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana, formally introduced the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers subsequently battled to a 0-0 tie Nov. 21 at Ross-Ade Stadium, resulting in an “I-P” link being attached to the bucket.

• Throughout its history, the bucket has been kidnapped by partisans from both schools – a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.

KEEPING THE BUCKET                               

• Purdue has won four of the past five matchups in the rivalry game, while keeping the Old Oaken Bucket for the past two seasons after a 30-16 victory in Bloomington last season and a dominant 44-7 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium in 2021.

• The Boilermakers are looking to beat the Hoosiers for a third year in a row, Purdue’s longest winning streak in the matchup since rattling off five straight from 2002-06.

• With a win Saturday, Purdue would hold on to both of their annual rivalry trophies (Old Oaken Bucket – Indiana, Cannon Trophy – Illinois) for the third straight season. The last time the Boilermakers kept both trophies for three consecutive years was during the Joe Tiller era (2004-06).

OPPONENT SNAPSHOT                             

• The Hoosiers enter the final game of the season with a 3-8 (1-7 B1G) record following a 24-21 loss to Michigan State.

• Indiana punter James Evans averages 45.8 yards per punt to rank second in the conference and 14th nationally.

• Aaron Casey leads the Big Ten with 16.0 tackles-for-loss, just ahead of Boilermakers Kydran Jenkins (14.5) and Nic Scourton (13.0).

• Tom Allen is in his seventh season as head coach of the Hoosiers.

LAST YEAR’S MATCHUP                            

• A big day from Charlie Jones (Cincinnati Bengals) in the receiving game and rushing exploits by Devin Mockobee secured Purdue the Old Oaken Bucket, the Big Ten West divisional title and a place in the conference championship game. The Boilermakers defeated Indiana, 30-16, and advanced to the league championship for the first time in school history.

• Jones hauled in four receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown.

• Mockobee ran for 99 yards on 15 attempts (6.6 per carry) and added 58 through the air on four catches.

• Kydran Jenkins blocked an Indiana 36-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter.

HONORARY CAPTAIN

• Curtis Painter, one of the most prolific passers in program history as a member of the Cradle of Quarterbacks, will serve as the honorary captain for Saturday’s season finale.

• In his first full season as a starter in 2006, Painter broke the Big Ten season passing yards record at the time with 3,985 yards, two more than previous record-holder Drew Brees. That mark still ranks third in conference history and is the most by a Boilermaker quarterback in a single season.

• Painter remains second all-time in career passing yards (11,163), total offense (11,511) and completions (987), trailing only Drew Brees in each category.

• He threw for a career-high 546 yards to help Purdue win a thrilling 2007 Motor City Bowl, setting a school record that now ranks second in program history.

LAST TIME AT ROSS-ADE                          

•In the 2021 matchup in West Lafayette, Purdue cruised to a 44-7 victory over Indiana in front of a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium.

• The Boilermakers won with the largest margin of victory in the series since a 62-10 win in 2008.

• Aidan O’Connell (Las Vegas Raiders) threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns, completing 26 of his 31 passes for the best completion percentage (.839) by a Boilermaker in an Old Oaken Bucket Game.

• The Boilermakers limited Indiana to just 205 yards of total offense and recorded 10 tackles-for-loss.

ONE MORE IN THE BOOTH                      

• After 32 years as the radio analyst for Purdue Football, Pete Quinn will call his final game on Saturday.

• A former Boilermaker center (1977-80), Quinn announced prior to the season that he would retire following the 2023 campaign.

• Quinn served as a team captain in 1979 and 1980, helping lead the Boilermakers to at least nine wins in each of his final three seasons on the field, including a program-best 10-win season in 1979.

• Quinn, who began his Purdue Radio career in 1992, has called 19 Purdue victories in the Old Oaken Bucket Game, including the Rose Bowl-clinching victory in 2000.

RUSHING AND REACHING 300               

• The Boilermakers have averaged 328 rushing yards over the past two games, breaking the 300-yard mark in each contest.

• Purdue rushed for 353 yards to rumble past Minnesota, the most by any Big Ten team in a game this season, before adding 303 on the ground in the final road game at Northwestern.

• The Boilermakers rushed for 300-plus yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 1968 (55 years) when Leroy Keyes led Purdue to three straight games with 300 rushing yards.

• Purdue became the only Big Ten team with multiple 300-yard rushing games this year. The last time the Boilermakers produced two 300-yard games occurred during the 2002 campaign.

• The Boilermakers have 11 300-yard rushing games since 1996.

QUARTERBACKS BEWARE                       

• Big Ten quarterbacks definitely need to beware of two Boilermakers on both sides of Ryan Walters’ defense.

• Outside linebackers Kydran Jenkins and Nic Scourton have wreaked havoc throughout the season, sitting atop the Big Ten in sacks. Scourton leads the way with 8.0, ranking 19th nationally, and Jenkins has 7.5 for second in the league and 23rd in the country.

• Jenkins ranks 16th nationally in solo sacks (7).

• The two Boilermakers also have combined for more tackles-for-loss than any duo in the Big Ten. Jenkins ranks second in the conference with 1.32 TFLs per game (14.5), while Scourton is closely behind in third with 1.30 TFLs per game (13.0).

• With Scourton and Jenkins leading the way, Purdue ranks eighth in the country with 3.0 sacks per game. The Boilermakers’ 33 sacks on the season are the most since 2010 and sit fifth on the program’s all-time list for a single season.

DYNAMIC DUO                                            

• Despite sharing the workload, Devin Mockobee and Tyrone Tracy Jr. have been two of the best running backs in the Big Ten this season.

• The pair of Boilermakers are the only teammates in the Big Ten to rush for at least 500 yards in conference play. Mockobee has racked up 583 yards in B1G games, while Tracy is close behind with 576.

• They are the only two players in the Big Ten to average more than five yards per carry in league contests. Tracy leads the way with 6.8 yards per carry, while Mockobee averages 5.6 yards per carry.

• With Mockobee and Tracy over 500 yards on the season, it marks the first time since 2018 that Purdue has had a pair of running backs crack that total in the same year.

• Last week at Northwestern, the duo accounted for 296 yards of total offense. Tracy led the way with 198 yards, behind a career-high 160 on the ground, while Mockobee tallied 98 yards that included a team-high 44 receiving yards.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

DEWOLFE, HIDALGO STUFF STAT SHEET IN 90-59 WIN OVER CARDINALS

MUNCIE, Ind. — The ACC’s No. 1 offense continues to put on a show.

In a Black Friday road contest, No. 17 Notre Dame (5-1) beat a previously undefeated Ball State (5-1) squad, 90-59. The Irish have posted at least 90 points in four of the last five games.

Notre Dame set the tone on Friday from start to finish. Hannah Hidalgo came out on fire. She went 7-10 from the floor in the first frame with three 3-pointers. Anna DeWolfe added a fourth straight off the tip-off. After the first 10 minutes, the Irish nearly nearly matched the five total treys they made on Tuesday night against Chicago State. Notre Dame had doubled up the Cardinals by the end of Q1, 26-13.

Notre Dame’s defense was even more suffocating in the second quarter. The Cardinals had just 9 points, their lowest quarterly total all year (previously 13). Hidalgo sat for a portion of the quarter with a pair of fouls, but Kylee Watson (2), DeWolfe (1) and KK Bransford (1) combined for 4 steals in that frame.

Ball State went into the locker room having shot just 7-28 from the floor (25 percent). Five of those shots were from deep, and sharp-shooter Madelyn Bischoff was responsible for three of them. Despite the deep balls, the Irish led 48-22.

The third quarter featured more of the same. Hidalgo added 3 more steals, and both Hidalgo and DeWolfe sank treys. Notre Dame ended the third frame on an 11-0 run, holding Ball State scoreless for nearly 4 minutes.

The Irish offense went a bit stagnant to close out the game, and Ball State actually won the final quarter, 23-18. Ball State entered Friday’s game averaging 8.6 3-pointers per game, which ranks 35th in the nation. The Cardinals finished 9-25.

When all was said and done, DeWolfe had her best game in an Irish uniform with 17 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds. She was 3-5 from deep.

“I knew while recruiting her what she was capable of providing for us,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said of DeWolfe after the game. “I needed leadership, I needed scoring, and I needed someone who can handle the ball. Plus, we obviously fell in love with her. She has an incredible personality.”

Additionally, Nat Marshall had 12 points, marking the first time in her career that she’s been in double-figures in back-to-back games. And of course Hidalgo’s final stat line impressed: 25 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals.

The Irish have a short break before their next contest, one which will once again be on the road. No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 19 Tennessee will face off in Knoxville on Wednesday as part of the first annual ACC/SEC Challenge. The game tips off on ESPN2 at 5 p.m.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALLL

PREVIEW: FLORIDA STATE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-14, 5-12 ACC) face Florida State (22-8, 15-2 ACC) in their final match of the season on Saturday, Nov. 25.

NOTRE DAME @ FLORIDA STATE

Location: Tallahassee, FL | Tully Gymnasium

Time: 2:00 PM

TV: ACCNX

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Twitter Updates: @NDvolleyball

A WEEK IN REVIEW

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish wrapped up their final match at home with a big win over Wake Forest on Friday, Nov. 17 inside of Purcell Pavilion.

It was a five set thriller (28-30, 17-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-11) as the Irish took down the Demon Deacons in front of the largest home crowd of the season with 2,530 fans in the stands.

The attendance of 2,530 inside of Purcell Pavilion is 14th in program history.

Phyona Schrader recorded a triple-double with 14 kills, 13 digs, 22 assists, and a .367 attack percentage.

Sydney Palazzolo finished with 20 kills, 10 digs, and a .294 hitting percentage, followed by Ava Lange and Lucy Trump who tallied 12 kills and 10 kills, respectively.

Lauren Tarnoff finished with a team-best six blocks, while Charity McDowell and Schrader each chipped in five blocks a piece for the Irish.

HISTORY VS. FLORIDA STATE

This will be the 23rd meeting between the Irish and the Seminoles with FSU leading the overall series 17-5.

This is the second time the two squads will meet this season as the Seminoles traveled to South Bend on October 29. The Irish fell in three (18-25, 18-25, 22-25) in Purcell Pavilion with Phyona Schrader tallying a team-best 10 kills and .421 hitting percentage.

The Irish finished 0-2 against FSU last season as Notre Dame fell to the Seminoles on the road as the Irish opened up ACC play back on Sept. 23, 2022 in Tallahassee. Notre Dame fell in three (20-25, 18-25, 17-25).

Notre Dame faced the Seminoles in Purcell Pavilion on  Nov. 11, 2022 as they fell in a close five set battle to FSU (18-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-14, 10-15). The Irish were led by Lucy Trump with 17 kills, followed by Phyona Schrader with 11 kills and a .562 kill percentage.

MEET THE TRANSFERS

Two transfers join the Irish for the 2023 season. Sydney Palazzolo enters into her junior season after spending freshman and sophomore year at High Point. Nicole Drewnick is a graduate transfer hailing from Georgia Tech.

Palazzolo had a decorated two seasons in North Carolina, earning a plethora of awards at High Point.

Last season, Palazzolo earned Big South Player of the Year and Big South First Team All-Conference honors and was named the Big South All-Tournament MVP. She was recognized as an AVCA Honorable Mention All-Region player and an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American. She was also tabbed as the Big South Player of the Week three times.

Palazzolo finished her sophomore season with a team-best 443 kills, 321 digs, 27 blocks, and led the conference with 42 service aces.

Not only was she recognized as the Big South Freshman of the Year in 2021, but she was also named to the Big South All-Conference Second Team and All-Freshman Team.

While Drewnick spent her freshman season at Nebraska, she most recently has spent the last two seasons with Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Drewnick appeared in 20 matches and 43 sets last season with the Yellow Jackets and finished the season with 99 assists and 16 digs.

MEET THE FRESHMEN

Five freshmen join the Irish for the 2023 season. Freshmen additions include Alyssa Manitzas, Lily Fenton,  Logan Brannan, Olivia Maulding, and Ava Lange.

Manitzas was a part of the Under Armour All-American game and was also named the 2021 Prep Dig Top Libero in Texas. The San Antonio, TX native is the all-time dig leader at Cornerstone Christian High School.

Fenton was a First Team All-Conference and All-District player out of Latrobe, PA. Fenton was a three-year captain and was the Greater Latrobe High School program all-time assist leader.

Brannan hails from Lake Travis High School in Austin, TX and was a First Team All-District and TGCA All-State honoree.

A gradute of La Salle Prep, Maulding was named the 2022 Northwest Oregon Co-player of the Year, while also being named to the 2022 Oregon State Championship All-Tournament Team. Maulding was recognized as the 2022 Volleyball Magazine Top Performer in Oregon.

Lange was a nationally recognized four star player out of Playa Del Rey, CA, who was named to the AVCA All-America Watch List and played in the 2022 USAV Girls 17’s Junior National Championship.

RETURNERS

The Irish return six rising sophomore, a pair of rising juniors, and a trio of rising seniors.

Sophomores Lucy Trump and Avery Ross were offensive power houses for the Irish last season as both outside hitters led Notre Dame in their first years in an Irish uniform. Trump led the way with 252 kills, followed by Ross with 227 kills.

Juniors Phyona Schrader and Paris Thompson return for their third seasons at Notre Dame. Thompson returns after tallying 148 kills and 71 digs across 63 sets last season.

Schrader led the Irish last season with 877 assists and was second on the team with 333 digs. The setter also led the ACC with two triple-doubles and finished second in the conference with 17 double-doubles.

Hattie Monson, Lauren Tarnoff, and Charity McDowell are rising seniors for the Irish after playing in a combined 259 sets as a class last season.

Monson played in all 108 sets for the Irish as the libero recorded 453 digs in her junior campaign, while also surpassing the 1,000 career digs mark. She heads into her senior season with 1,163 career digs.

Both Tarnoff and McDowell return as middle blockers for the Irish as the duo finished with 141 combined blocks; Tarnoff was second on the team with 80 blocks and McDowell was third with 61. Tarnoff also led the Irish with a team-best 15 solo blocks.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

IRISH CAN’T GROUND EAGLES IN 6-1 LOSS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 18/18 University of Notre Dame hockey program fell to No. 2/1 Boston College Friday evening, 6-1, in front of a sold out barn inside Compton Family Ice Arena.

The Eagles got on the board with a one-timer at 3:44 of the opening period to take the 1-0 lead.

The Irish had their first man-advantage of the night halfway through the opening period but despite pinning the Eagles in their end for 90 seconds to start the powerplay, they were unable to capitalize and BC returned to full strength with the 1-0 lead.

BC scored once more at 15:59 of the period to take the 2-0 tally into the first intermission but the Irish held the edge in shots through 20 minutes of play, 14-10, still looking for a bounce to go their way.

A ice tilted in BC’s favor during the second stanza as the Eagles scored three times to extend their lead, including once on a five-on-three powerplay as two Irish looked on from the box.

After two periods of play, the Irish faced a five goal deficit to the Eagles.

Both teams scored once in the final frame for the 6-1 final as the Irish fell to the Eagles Friday night.

GOALS

Landon Slaggert continued his hot start to the season with a goal late in the contest. His team-leading 10th of the season came off a pass from Patrick Moynihan with 1:35 to play in regulation.

UP NEXT

The Irish return to Big Ten play next weekend to close out the first half of their home season with rival Michigan, Dec. 1-2. Puck drop on night one is set for 7:35 p.m. before a 6:05 start the following evening.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PACIFIC BEATS BUTLER 77-66 IN TOURNAMENT ACTION

STOCKTON – Butler took a 77-66 loss at Pacific in their first game of the 2023 Tiger Turkey Tip-Off on Friday night. The Bulldogs are now 3-2 overall while the Tigers improve to 4-1. Ari Wiggins led BU with 11 points and Cristen Carter joined her in double figures with 10.

The home team took control early in this one to lead from start to finish. The game got underway with Pacific scoring the first six points of the contest and they would own a 10-2 lead at the first media timeout. Butler opened the game just 1-for-7 from the field and Pacific would shoot 50% from the floor over the first 10 minutes to grab an 18-11 lead at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Neither team’s offense looked sharp in the opening stages of the second quarter. BU went 1-for-5 on field goals and Pacific was 1-for-10. The two teams combined for just 23 points with Pacific edging BU in the second stanza 12-11.

Pacific held a 30-22 lead over Butler at the half. 20 of Butler’s 22 points came from bench players and no BU starter had a made field goal over the first 20 minutes of action. Karsyn Norman had seven off the bench to lead BU and the Tigers were led by Elizabeth Elliott (10).

Elliott took a spill in the first half and didn’t see the floor in the second half. The Pacific offense struggled with her sidelined and BU would use a 6-0 run to get back within two of the Tigers at 30-28. Rachel Kent hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 34-34 with six minutes to play in the third, but Pacific would push their lead back to seven heading to the fourth.

Butler trimmed the lead down to five points with five minutes to play in the game but would not get any closer. Pacific shared the ball and dished out 28 assists on 31 made field goals to find their fourth win of the season.

Inside the Box Score

– Cristen Carter had 10 points and seven rebounds for BU in 11 minutes of playing time

– Ari Wiggins led BU in scoring for the first time in her career (11) and added two assists

– Rachel Kent stuffed the box score with eight points, seven assists and nine rebounds

– Karsyn Norman scored all seven of her points in the first half

– Caroline Strande had nine points and six boards vs. Pacific

– Sydney Jaynes battled foul trouble but was able to provide BU with nine points

– Pacific scored 54 of their 77 points in the paint

– Butler played in California today for the first time since 2012

– Today was the first-ever meeting between the two programs

– UC Irvine defeated St. Thomas in the first game of the Tiger Turkey Tip-Off (74-63)

Up Next

Butler will play St. Thomas tomorrow at 4 PM. The game will stream on ESPN+.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BROOKS GOES FOR 26 AS BUTLER TOPS PENN STATE IN ORLANDO

Pierre Brooks II scored a career-high 26 points and Jahmyl Telfort posted 16 of his 18 points in the second half as Butler registered an 88-78 win over Penn State Friday in the 2023 ESPN Events Invitational at the State Farm Field House in Orlando, Fla.

Butler improves to 4-2 on the season, while Penn State is also now 4-2.

The Bulldogs will play Sunday in the fifth-place game of the tournament.

COACH THAD MATTA: “I thought we did a pretty good job sticking to the plan, getting the lead going into halftime. We wanted to get out to a good start in the second half. They’re the type of team that’s never going to go away because of their pressure, their pressing, that sort of thing. But I think the biggest difference for us was two turnovers in the second half. We did a great job taking care of the basketball. I thought our bench today was absolutely fantastic. Those guys came in and gave us a great lift.”

OF NOTE:

Brooks shot 9-for-13 from the field, including 5-for-9 from three-point range. His previous career-high was 16 points in the season-opener against Eastern Michigan.

Telfort made six of his seven attempts in the second half en route to his 18 total points.

Butler led, 42-39, at halftime and extended their lead to double figures for the first time at 57-47 with 14:19 to play. The Bulldogs never trailed after the 1:43 mark of the first half.

DJ Davis scored 14 points to go along with a career-high seven rebounds.

Andre Screen and Telfort tied for the team-high with eight rebounds.

For the second game in a row, Butler shot 50 percent from the field.

Butler went 17-for-19 from the free throw line, while Penn State was only 6-for-8.

Butler committed only nine turnovers in the game.

Kanye Clary led Penn State with 28 points.

Posh Alexander picked up his second foul of the first half with 9:15 remaining and Butler leading, 20-19. Penn State followed with a 13-3 run to take the largest lead of the half at 32-23.

Butler responded with six straight points and eventually took back the lead at 35-34 at the 2:47 mark.

Butler led, 42-39, at the half. Fourteen of Brooks’ points came over the first 20 minutes.

Butler is now 3-2 all-time against Penn State.

UP NEXT: ESPN Events Invitational play in Orlando concludes Sunday. Butler’s opponent will come from tonight’s VCU-Boise State match-up. Butler will play the winner of that game Sunday at 4 p.m. in the fifth-place game of the event. ESPN2 will broadcast the game.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WBB HAS RECORD BREAKING HOME CROWD IN LOSS TO NO. 14 NOTRE DAME

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season to No. 14 Notre Dame (4-1) Friday evening by a score of 90-59 in Worthen Arena.

Despite the loss, Ball State fans came to support today as the Cardinals played in front of a record-breaking crowd of 5,442 people surpassing their previous attendance record of 4,711 which was set versus Eastern Michigan on Feb. 24, 2007.

As to be expected there was some opening minute jitters as the Cardinals were placed on a big stage hosting No. 14 Notre Dame in Worthen Arena for the first time in program history.

The Fighting Irish opened the game with a 9-0 run over the Cardinals. At the seven-minute mark Madelyn Bischoff finally got Ball State on the board after draining back-to-back 3-pointers which made it a 12-6 ball game. After that, Notre Dame ended the quarter with a 14-7 scoring spree to take a commanding 26-13 advantage over Ball State.

The Cardinals came out in the second stanza scoring the first basket, but the Irish continued to play stingy defense eventually leading to Notre Dame’s 26-point (48-22) halftime advantage over Ball State.        

Notre Dame expanded their defense and continued its hot shooting hand in the second half. Ball State struggled to put points on the board to catch-up with the Fighting Irish’s strong shooting in the end.

All-in-all it wasn’t a total loss for the Cardinals as Ball State’s defense forced Notre Dame to commit a season high 29 turnovers. The Cardinals are also only the third team to hold Notre Dame to under 100 points this season.

For the game, Bischoff and Ally Becki led the Cardinals in scoring with 11 points apiece.

The Ball State women’s basketball heads on the road for five-straight games beginning Sunday, Dec. 3 at Saint Louis for a 3 pm ET tipoff. The Cardinals return home after the holiday break on Dec. 30 against Oakland City at 3 pm ET.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

BIG SECOND HALF AND HOT SHOOTING LEAD CARDINALS TO BLACK FRIDAY WIN

MUNCIE, Ind. – Trailing 46-40 at halftime, the Ball State men’s basketball team clamped down on defense and continued an efficient offensive performance to cruise to a 92-74 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday afternoon at Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (5-1) improved to 5-0 at home this season with the win over the Lions (3-4). Ball State won its second of two games as part of the Midwest Madness: Cardinal Classic.

Junior forwards Basheer Jihad (18 points and 11 rebounds) and Mickey Pearson Jr. (17 points and four rebounds) spearheaded the comeback for the hosts, who shot 61.1 percent (33-54) from the field for the game, including 54.5 percent (12-22) from the 3-point line. Jihad’s double-double was the first of his career and the first of the season for the Cardinals, with the rebounding mark breaking his previous career-high of eight.

Ball State shot 61.5 percent (16-26) from the field in the first half but were hindered by turnovers (15 committed for the game). Pine Bluff’s Joe French put up 29 points highlighted by 7 of 14 shooting from distance to give life to the visitors throughout the contest.

The key stretch of the game was a 22-7 scoring run by the Cardinals over the first 6:05 of the second half to give them a 62-53 edge, and they would lead from then on out. Davion Bailey (16 points, three assists), Jalin Anderson (15 points, eight assists) and Ben Hendriks (10 points, five rebounds) also scored in double figures for the hosts, while freshmen Mason Jones and Trent Middleton Jr. chipped in eight points each for Ball State’s most efficient offensive performance of the season.

Kylen Milton (15 points) and Rashad Williams (11) supported French’s scoring, but it wasn’t enough for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Lions, who were bested on the boards 36-26 and limited to 30.0 (9-30) percent shooting from the field by a stingy Cardinals defense in the final period.

Ball State travels to Little Rock, Ark., to play the Trojans at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT) on Tuesday in its second road game on the schedule. 

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S HOOPS SECURES THE SWEEP IN LAS VEGAS

HENDERSON, Nev. – Indiana State’s Isaiah Swope ices the game with a three-pointer with 38 seconds remaining in the game to defeat the Toledo Rockets Friday afternoon, securing the three-game, Thanksgiving break trip. ISU beat Toledo 76-74 to move to 5-1 on the season.

For the fifth time this season, Swope led Indiana State in scoring with 23 points, knocking down five three pointers while playing all 40 minutes. He snagged four steals moving his season total to 16. Jayson Kent used his second double-double of the season of 17 points and 11 rebounds to increase his season field-goal percentage to 65.2%.

Ryan Conwell and Robbie Avila each recorded well-rounded efforts in the win. Conwell tallied 16 points and five rebounds, while Avila finished 11-7-3 with three steals.

Kicking off the game, ISU ripped off nine-straight points, with Kent accounting for seven. Following the under-12 media timeout, the Sycamores and Rockets nearly went basket-for-basket, highlighted by buckets from Swope and Xavier Bledson. Toledo finished the half with on a small surge to knot the game at 40 all at the half.

To open the second half, the first two ISU buckets were converted by Conwell and Avila, followed by six different lead changes where the Rockets found themselves on top.

ISU fought all the way back, surging with a 12-2 run in a five-minute span, capped with Swope’s three from the left wing. To ensure there was no chance of a comeback, Kent knocked down two free throws with 14 seconds remaining. Kent’s two free throws proved to be key to offset Toledo’s last-second three-pointer.

Inside the Numbers

Coach Josh Schertz has led ISU to the second-consecutive 5-1 start to the season.

The Sycamores converted on 78.9% of free-throw attempts, the highest percentage of the season (15-for-19).

Today’s 23-point effort from Isaiah Swope is his third 20-plus-point game this year and the second time he’s made five triples.

Jayson Kent’s double-double is his second in 10 days.

All five starters played all 20 minutes in the second half. Each of them played 32 minutes or more, which beats the highest average minutes-per-game for a player (Julian Larry entering today averaged 30.4 minutes-per-game).

Up Next

Indiana State opens up league play with a short two-game stint beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28 at home vs Southern Illinois. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and if you can’t join us in person you can watch live on ESPN+ or listen in on 105.5 The Legend.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES, HUSKIES SQUARE OFF IN SAN JUAN

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State plays its final game of the Puerto Rico Clasico Saturday when the Sycamores face Northern Illinois inside Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez.

Tipoff is slated for 11 a.m. ET, with the game being live streamed via pay per view on the tournament website.

Last Time Out

Four Indiana State players scored in double-figures Thursday afternoon, as the Sycamores overcame an early deficit to defeat Radford 64-52 in the opening game of the Puerto Rico Clasico.

Bella Finnegan led the Trees with 16, while Asia Donald added 11 off the bench. Ella Sawyer and Mya Glanton had 10 points apiece, with Glanton also grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

Indiana State shook off a slow start but ended the opening quarter on a 9-2 run thanks in large part to 11 points between Finnegan and Donald. The Sycamores took their first lead of the game early in the second with a 9-2 run spearheaded by Sawyer and Donald, and closed the opening half strong to take a six-point lead into halftime. Radford rallied back to even the score midway through the third, but consecutive baskets from Glanton and Savannah White put the Trees ahead for good. The Sycamores put away the win by going 13-for-14 from the line in the fourth quarter.

Island Vibes

Indiana State’s trip to the Puerto Rico Clasico marks the first trip to Puerto Rico in program history and the first games off the US mainland for the Sycamores since the 2017-18 season, when ISU competed in the Cancun Challenge.

Indiana State’s last games on an island came during the 2009-10 season, when the Sycamores competed in the Nassau Sunsplash Shootout. Overall, the Sycamores are 4-2 in games played off the US mainland, winning at least one game in each of their last three tournaments outside the continental US.

Balancing Act

Indiana State showcased a balanced offense in each of the last two games, as four Sycamores scored in double-figures against both Wright State and Radford. Bella Finnegan and Mya Glanton have been in double-figures in each of the last two games, with Chelsea Cain and Kiley Bess hitting double-digits against Wright State, and Asia Donald and Ella Sawyer scoring 10-plus points against Radford.

Indiana State has also made it hard to key in on particular players on offense. No Sycamore has led the team in scoring in back-to-back games through Indiana State’s first five contests of the season.

Get Some MACtion

Thursday’s game against Radford marks just the fifth game in program history against a current Big South opponent for Indiana State.

Indiana State is 4-0 all-time against the current members of the Big South, with wins over High Point, Longwood and USC Upstate (twice). Of those wins, only the Sycamores’ December 2004 win against High Point came when the opponent was actually a member of the Big South at the time.

Efficient Model

Indiana State has shot the ball well through the first two weeks of play this season, as the Sycamores are connecting on nearly 42 percent of their attempts from the field across their first four games.

Most of that efficiency can be tracked to the Sycamores’ starting lineup, with four of the five starters for Indiana State shooting 43 percent or better from the field. Mya Glanton is shooting better than 50 percent from the floor, while Kiley Bess (48.8) and Chelsea Cain (48.1) are both shooting just under 50 percent. Ella Sawyer has made 44 percent of her shots this season.

Magic Numbers

Indiana State has been tough to beat when scoring 70 or more points under Chad Killinger. The Sycamores have scored 70-plus points 17 times under Killinger and are 14-3 in those games.

Included in that mark is a perfect 8-0 record when scoring 80 or more points. Indiana State has won those seven games by an average of 19 points, which includes the Sycamores’ season-opening win at Northern Kentucky.

Conversely, the Sycamores have also been hard to beat when their opponents fail to put up high point totals. Indiana State is 13-4 over the last two seasons when allowing fewer than 60 points, including a 4-0 mark in games where the Trees allowed less than 50 points. All of Indiana State’s wins when allowing less than 50 points have come by double-digits, while Indiana State’s most recent win against Radford saw the Sycamores allow just 52 points.

Northern Illinois at a Glance

Northern Illinois enters the week at 1-3 overall following a win over Lindenwood in its last game before the Puerto Rico Clasico. The Huskies face Radford Friday prior to their meeting with the Sycamores.

Jordan Marable leads the Huskies in scoring at 14.5 points per game, while Laura Nickel also averages double-digit scoring for NIU. Brooke Stonebraker averages a team-leading 7.5 rebounds per game, while Marable dishes out more than five assists per game.

Lisa Carlsen is in her ninth season as the head coach at Northern Illinois and has compiled a 120-125 record in her tine at the helm. The Huskies have made the MAC Tournament in each of her first eight seasons, and NIU also has a pair of postseason appearances during that time (2017 WNIT, 2023 WBI).

Series History Against Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois has a 3-2 lead in the all-time series, though Indiana State won the last meeting between the teams 58-52 in Terre Haute during the 2012-13 season.

Saturday’s meeting is the first-ever neutral site contest between the Sycamores and Huskies.

Last Meeting Against Northern Illinois (Dec. 4, 2012)

Indiana State used a 13-0 run midway through the second half to break through against Northern Illinois, defeating the Huskies 58-52 inside Hulman Center to remain perfect at home.

Indiana State was led by Taylor Whitley with 18 points, while Racheal Mahan had 12 points and 17 boards. Anna Munn added 15 for the Sycamores, going 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

NIU led for most of the first half, but Indiana State took a 23-22 lead into the break thanks to a 10-3 run to close the period. The Huskies led by as many as seven, but Indiana State’s 13-0 run in the second half proved to be the difference, as the Trees never trailed from that point.

Up Next

Indiana State returns from Puerto Rico on Monday, and will set its sights on a December 2 matchup at Central Michigan.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS HOST WITTENBERG ON SATURDAY NIGHT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons return from Thanksgiving on Saturday (Nov. 25) with a 7 p.m. tip against Wittenberg at the Gates Sports Center.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (5-1) vs. Wittenberg Tigers (4-2)

When: Saturday, November 25 | 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fort Wayne Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Radio: 1380 AM

Series Record: First Meeting

Game Notes: Link (PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS:

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in every game this season.

// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 21 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll.

// The ‘Dons earned both Horizon League Weekly for the second straight week on Nov. 20. Quinton Morton-Robertson earned his first career weekly honor by earning Player of the Week after averaging 22.0 points in wins over Northern Arizona and South Dakota. He was named the Arizona Tip-Off MVP. Corey Hadnot II picked up Freshman of the Week honors or a second straight week after averaging 7.5 points in the two wins. Rasheed Bello earned Player of the Week on Nov. 13 after Bello averaging 20.3 points per game in three wins including 29 points vs. Texas A&M-Commerce.

// The Mastodons’ 5-0 start was their longest undefeated stretch to start a season as a NCAA Division I program. It was their longest stretch to start a season since the 1992-93 team opened 9-0. That team earned a bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament, the only NCAA bid (Division I or II) in program history.

// Thanks to a 5-0 start to the season, the ‘Dons now have now had a winning streak of at-least four games in every season since 2009-10 except for one (2017-18). That is 14-of-15 seasons.

// The ‘Dons suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday night at San Francisco. Anthony Roberts led the ‘Dons with 16 points. He also added seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Jalen Jackson also hit double-digits with 12.

// Corey Hadnot II (8-of-8) is the only ‘Don perfect from the free throw line this season.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 13.0 points per game: Rasheed Bello (15.8), Anthony Roberts (14.5), Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.8) and Jalen Jackson (13.8).

// Thanks to wins over Northern Arizona (Nov. 17) and South Dakota (Nov. 18), the ‘Dons won the Arizona Tip-Off. Quinton Morton-Robertson was named the MVP of the event and selected to the All-Tournament Team with Rasheed Bello.

// The ‘Dons have scored 50 points in a half three times this season. The ‘Dons hit the 60 mark in both halves vs. Andrews and then scored 57 in the second half against South Dakota. It was the first time the ‘Dons hit 50 in a half against a Division I foe since scoring 51 in the first at Wright State on Jan. 19, 2023.

// Anthony Roberts is shooting better than 50 percent from the floor at 52.2 percent (36-of-69).

// Seven ‘Dons have recorded double-digit field goals on the season.

// 30.3 percent of points this season (160-of-528) have come off turnovers.

// Rasheed Bello is sneaking up on 1,000 career points. Combined with his scoring at NCAA Division II UW-Parkside, he has 886 career NCAA points.

// The ‘Dons open Horizon League play on Nov. 29 when they host Green Bay at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

// The ‘Dons have partnered with Team IMPACT to add Bolton Richardson to the squad in 2023-24. Added to the team at a signing ceremony in July, Bolton will be at games, practices and other team activities.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 3rd in the nation in turnover margin (+10.3)

// 3rd in the nation in turnovers forced per game (19.83)

// 12th in the nation in steals per game (11.3)

// 14th in the nation in fast break points per game (19.5)

// 15th in the nation in scoring margin (+22.0)

// 24th in the nation in points per game (88.0)

ON THE SAN FRANCISCO CONTEST:

// The ‘Dons scored 28 points in the paint for 46.7 percent (26-of-60) of their points.

// Anthony Roberts led the ‘Dons with 16 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

// It was a five-point deficit for the ‘Dons with less than 10 minutes left in the game.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BROMENSCHENKEL SCORES 16 IN LOSS TO NO. 5 IOWA

ESTERO, Fla. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team fell to No. 5 Iowa 98-59 on Friday night (Nov. 24) in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

The ‘Dons made nine three-pointers in the game with six in the first half. The ‘Dons were 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes. For the contest, Audra Emmerson and Amellia Bromenschenkel each had two triples, while Shayla Sellers, Destinee Marshall, Renna Schwieterman, Ryin Ott, and Klea Kaci each had one.

Bromenschenkel led the way for the Mastodons with 16 points and six rebounds. She was 6-of-11 from the floor. Bromenschenkel’s 16 points ties the second-most that a player has scored against the Hawkeyes this season. Freshman Erin Woodson also finished in double-figures with 12 points and four rebounds. Woodson also was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne was perfect from the free throw line shooting 10-of-10. This is the 11th time in program history the ‘Dons have been perfect from the line with at least 10 attempts.

Early three-pointers from Bromenschenkel and Sellers helped the ‘Dons jump out to a 6-5 lead to start the game. Iowa had a 22-point run in the fourth quarter, but the ‘Dons finished the game with a 7-0 run in the final 2:15. Kaci made a pull up jumper and a 3-pointer, while Woodson added a transition layup.

Iowa was led by Caitlin Clark who had 29 points, eight assists and three rebounds. The Mastodons forced the 2023 AP Player of the Year into five turnovers, which was her most since the NCAA championship game a year ago.

The Mastodons fall to 2-2. Iowa improves to 5-1. The ‘Dons will face Delaware at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 25).

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

EVANSVILLE ERASES 20-POINT DEFICIT TO PICK UP OVERTIME WIN

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Trailing by as many as 20 points I the second half, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team staged one of the largest rallies in Missouri Valley Conference history to defeat Chattanooga in overtime by a final of 85-77 inside McKenzie Arena.

With 11:40 remaining in regulation, the Purple Aces trailed Chattanooga by a 62-42 margin.  From that point on, UE outscored the Mocs by a 43-15 margin to pick up the improbable road win.  Chattanooga was shooting 53.3% (24-of-45) from the field and 47.8% (11-of-23) at that point.  Over the final portion of regulation and overtime, the defense for UE held the Mocs to 4-for-24 from the field and 3-of-18 from long range (both 16.7%).  The comeback by Evansville tied the 8th-largest comeback in MVC history.

“This was a huge win for us; our guys never gave up and we continued to battle regardless of how many points we were down,” Purple Aces head coach David Ragland explained. “We challenged the group with about 11:40 left and said, “Do we believe?”  Seeing the looks in their eyes, we could see that they believed and they responded the right way.”

Evansville’s win gives the program its best start since an identical 5-0 mark to open the 2017-18 campaign while matching the win total from the entire 2022-23 season.  Anchoring the comeback was Ben Humrichous.  He finished with a game-high 28 points, 18 of which came during the Aces comeback.  He was 11-for-21 from the floor while draining five triples.  Antonio Thomas finished with 11 points while Tanner Cuff and Chuck Bailey III scored 10 and 9, respectively.  Cuff picked up his first double-double at UE, hauling in 11 rebounds.

Yacine Toumi hit his second triple of the season to open the scoring as the Aces began the day with a 7-2 lead.  Ben Humrichous and Antonio Thomas added baskets in the early stretch.  The Mocs rallied right back with seven in a row to take their first lead of the afternoon at 9-7 five minutes in.  Cam Haffner tied the score with a floater, but the Chattanooga run continued as they tacked on five more to go up 14-9.  In total, the Mocs outscored UE by a 12-2 margin.

Ben Humrichous hit from downtown and Tanner Cuff added his first basket of the day as the Aces tied it up at 14-14 at the 13:09 mark.  Another 3-pointer put Chattanooga back on top, but UE staged a rally of its own to go up 24-20 near the midway point of the period.  Gage Bobe hit a triple to highlight the run.

Things continued to go back and forth with Humrichous’ second long ball of the day knotting the score at 29-29 with exactly four minutes showing on the clock.  Over the final minutes of the stanza, the Mocs would retake the advantage and head to halftime up by a 40-36 score.  Humrichous had a game-high 10 points in the opening 20 minutes.

In the win over Ball State, Evansville outscored the opposition by a 17-0 margin in the opening moments of the latter half.  It was a different story on Friday with UTC doing the damage.  Six in a row by the Mocs, coupled with a 0-for-7 start by the Aces, made it a 46-36 contest in the first three minutes.  After Evansville scored four in a row, Chattanooga reeled off 13 consecutive points to cap off a 19-4 run to open the half and go up 59-40.

Chattanooga extended the lead to 20 (62-42) before the Aces fought back.  Bobe’s second triple completed a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 13 with 9:13 left in the contest.  Two minutes later, Humrichous made it ten Evansville points in a row with another triple to cut the Mocs lead to 62-52.  Rudy Fitzgibbons III ended a scoreless stretch that exceeded five minutes with a three, but the Aces posted the next four to make it a 65-56 game entering the final five minutes.

Another triple by the Mocs reestablished the double figure lead on the ensuing possession, but Tanner Cuff immediately drained a three to make it a 9-point game once again.  With 3:31 on the clock, Joshua Hughes nailed a triple that got his squad within six tallies.  As the contest entered its final two minutes, Humrichous took full control.  With 2:06 remaining, his triple made it a 3-point game and, following a Chattanooga turnover, he was true from outside once again to tie the score at 68-68 with 98 ticks left.

Two free throw misses by the Mocs gave the ball back to UE and Humrichous converted a jumper to give the Aces their first lead since the first half.  UTC knocked down a pair of free throw tries with 33 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Riding the wave of momentum from their comeback, the Aces got right back to work in overtime.  Humrichous had a 3-point play to get things started while Antonio Thomas hit a pair of free throws to make it a 75-70 game less than a minute in.  Thomas added a field goal and Cuff converted a pair of free throws to cap off a 9-0 run to open the OT period.  Chattanooga posted its first overtime points with 1:02 remaining, but the UE lead was too much to overcome.  As the clock reached zeroes, Evansville finished off an 85-77 triumph.

Five Mocs reached double figures with Honor Huff tallying 17.  Sam Alexis registered 10 points while hauling in a game-high 15 boards.  Evansville finished with a 41-39 rebounding edge while outshooting the Mocs by a 42.6%-40.6% tally.

Tomorrow, the Aces complete the Coke Zero Sugar Classic against Southeast Missouri State.  Tip is set for 1 p.m. CT.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES MAKE IN-STATE TRIP SUNDAY TO PURDUE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball embarks on an in-state trip Sunday when the Screaming Eagles head to Purdue University for a 1 p.m. CT tilt at Mackey Arena.

Sunday’s game can be seen on Big Ten Plus and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin.

Southern Indiana (3-1) will play its second contest of a two-game road swing. The Screaming Eagles will also face their second Power-5 opponent in the last week and the second of three P-5 opponents in the non-conference slate.

After a 3-0 start to the season at home, USI hit the road for the first time last Monday at the University of Missouri. Southern Indiana fell 96-62 for its first loss of the season.

Monday’s contest at Missouri featured a good start for the Screaming Eagles. USI jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the first four and a half minutes, but then Missouri cranked up the offense and the outside shooting to overcome the early deficit and never relinquished the lead.

The Eagles shot 38 percent overall on Monday, hitting seven threes. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) led USI in scoring with 16 points, and senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) tallied 11 points.

Through four games, USI is averaging 70.3 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting, which is third in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles are hitting an OVC-best 38.2 percent from three and collect 40 rebounds per game.

Individually, Shafford paces USI at 13 points while shooting 52.4 percent overall. Shafford’s team-best eight rebounds and 2.8 steals per outing are second in the OVC. Raley is registering 10 points per game alongside senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) and redshirt senior guard Addy Blackwell (Bloomington, Indiana).

Blackwell has returned to form this season after missing all of 2022-23 with injury and recovery. The guard was one of USI’s top shooting threats in 2021-22, connecting from above 40 percent overall and from three. So far, in 2023-24, Blackwell is once again one of the Eagles’ best shooters, shooting 50 percent from the floor and nearly 59 percent from beyond the arc. Her three-point percentage is currently among the top 10 in the nation.

Purdue (2-3) returns home to Mackey Arena after a two-game trip to the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championships in Nassau, The Bahamas. The Boilermakers fell against two Southeastern Conference opponents in The Bahamas, dropping a 52-49 contest against the University of Florida on Monday before a 65-57 loss to the University of Georgia on Wednesday. Against Georgia, the Bulldogs had a two-point lead after three quarters and went on to outscore the Boilermakers by six in the final frame. Purdue had four players in double figures with senior guard Madison Layden leading the way with 14 points.

On the season, Purdue is averaging 58.8 points per game on 37.7 percent shooting with 33.6 rebounds per outing. Fifth-year senior guard Abbey Ellis tops the squad with 13.8 points per contest. Purdue’s sixth-year senior forward Caitlyn Harper is second in scoring at 10.6 points and first in rebounding at 5.8 rebounds per game. Fifth-year senior guard Jeanae Terry has dished out a team-best 5.4 assists while recording 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 points per game for the Boilermakers.

Sunday is the first all-time meeting in the regular season between the two programs, as the two schools have met previously in preseason exhibitions.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES FALLS SHORT AGAINST #9 BLUE DEVILS

DURHAM, N.C. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball concluded the Duke Blue Devil Challenge with an 80-62 loss to ninth-ranked Duke University Friday evening at the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. The Screaming Eagles are 1-6 after tonight’s action, while the Blue Devils are 5-1 to begin the season.

The Eagles stunned the Blue Devils in the first five minutes of the game, quickly building a 10-point lead, 15-5, when the first media time out was called. USI would go on to lead by 10 points six different times during in the first 20 minutes.

Following USI pushing the lead back to 10, 32-22, with 5:02 left in the half, Duke used a 9-3 run to close the gap to four, 35-31, at the break. USI was led in the first half by sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois), who had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) and sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) followed Smith in the first half with seven points each. Campion also had a team-high three assists in the opening half and would tie a career-best with seven assists in the contest. 

The second half saw Duke exploded out of the locker room with an 11-0 run to take the lead for the first time since the opening minutes, 42-35, its largest lead to that point. The Duke lead expanded to as many as 16 points, 58-42, but USI was not done.

The Eagles used a 6-0 run that was capped off by a dunk by sophomore forward Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) to close the gap to nine points, 58-49. The nine-point deficit would be as close as the Eagles would come the rest of the way.

Duke hit the gas one more time in the final five minutes and outscored USI, 22-13, the rest of the way to close out the 80-62 final.

In the scoring column, USI was led by Hernandez’s team-high 15 points. The junior guard, who had eight points in the second half, was five-of-13 from the field, including a three, and four-of-four from the stripe.

Junior guard/forward Javius Moore (McComb, Mississippi) and Smith followed with 11 points each to round out the double-digit scorers. Moore was a blistering four-of-six from the field and three-of-four from beyond the arc.

Smith finished the game with a team-high 13 points to produce his third double-double of the season. Twelve of Smith’s 13 boards came on the defensive end.

Next Up For USI:

The Eagles return to the friendly surroundings of Screaming Eagles Arena next week to start a three-game homestand. USI begins the homestand Tuesday (November 28) by hosting East/West University at 7 p.m.

East/West, which will be making its first appearance at Screaming Eagles Arena, is 3-9 this season and 1-4 in its last five games.

The homestand will continue December 2 when USI hosts Bowling Green State University and concludes December 6 versus Purdue University Ft. Wayne. Tipoff versus Bowling Green is 3 p.m., while tipoff against Ft. Wayne is slated for 7 p.m.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS SOUTHERN TO ROUND OUT MULTI-TEAM EVENT

Southern (1-4, 0-0 SWAC)

at Valparaiso (3-2, 0-0 MVC)

Game No. 6 – Saturday, Nov. 25, 3 p.m. CT

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind. 

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play its third and final game of a multi-team event featuring Illinois, Western Illinois and Southern as the Jaguars come to town for a post-Thanksgiving faceoff on Saturday afternoon. This will mark the final nonconference contest prior to the Missouri Valley Conference opener next Wednesday, Nov. 29 vs. Drake. This also continues a home-heavy stretch where six of the team’s first seven games are taking place at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Last Time Out: A bench boost that featured three underclassmen reserves combining for 41 points propelled Valpo to a 73-66 win over Western Illinois on Tuesday night at the ARC. Ola Ajiboye poured in a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds to lead the team in both categories. He was joined in double figures by Jahari Williamson (13), Cooper Schwieger (13) and Darius DeAveiro (11). Valpo overcame slow starts to both halves with big scoring runs in the middle of each stanza.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Brian Jennings (play-by-play)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (3-2) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: This matchup will mark an exception from the season norm of rekindling old memories. Valpo has matched up with former conference foes IUPUI, Green Bay and Western Illinois, however, this will mark the first ever showdown between Valpo and Southern, so this collision does not come with the built-in storylines that have accompanied each of the team’s last three home games. Valpo has played many schools that include the word Southern, including Texas Southern, Southern Utah, Southern Illinois, Southern Colorado, Mississippi Southern, Georgia Southern and Florida Southern, but has never played Southern.

Bench Boost

In the Nov. 21 win over Western Illinois, Valpo held the upper hand in bench points, 41-8. Three players – all underclassmen – combined for the 41 bench points as Ola Ajiboye (21), Jahari Williamson (13) and Sherman Weatherspoon IV (seven) all made key contributions.

Ajiboye’s career-high 21 points came on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist.

Ajiboye over doubled his previous career high of 10 points, which came on Nov. 6 of this season vs. Trinity Christian.

He became the first Valpo player to shoot 80 percent or better at the ARC (with a minimum of 10 attempts) in a game against a Division-I opponent since Alec Peters on March 4, 2014 vs. UIC. He became just the 10th Valpo player in the last decade to shoot at an 80 percent clip or better with at least 10 shots.

Ajiboye became the first Valpo player to come off the bench and score 20 points or more against a Division-I opponent since Sheldon Edwards on Feb. 16, 2022 vs. Loyola.

This marked quite the turnaround for Ajiboye as he played but did not score in the previous game on Nov. 17 at No. 23 Illinois.

Ajiboye became just the fourth Valpo player in the last decade to come off the bench and score 20+ points while pulling down 8+ rebounds. He joined Sheldon Edwards (Dec. 9, 2020 vs. SIUE), Darien Walker (Nov. 14, 2014 vs. East Tennessee State) and Bobby Capobianco (Nov. 29, 2013 vs. Mercer).

Williamson hit three 3s en route to his 13 points while also swiping three steals. He became the first Valpo freshman to achieve that combo since Connor Barrett on Jan. 9, 2021 vs. Missouri State.

Scoring Surge

Junior Darius DeAveiro tallied a career-high 11 points in Valpo’s victory over Western Illinois on Nov. 21. His previous personal best in the scoring department was eight, achieved twice – Jan. 15, 2022 vs. Missouri State and Nov. 13, 2022 vs. Western Michigan.

DeAveiro busted out of a shooting slump as he entered the game against the Leathernecks having gone 0-for-10 from the field over his previous three games and 2-for-17 shooting for the season. He altered that narrative by drilling four of his five shots including a three-point make.

Valpo’s starting point guard also thrived in the assist department in the win over Western Illinois, handing out a season-high seven helpers.

DeAveiro became just the third Valpo player in the last decade to shoot 80 percent or better from the field (minimum five attempts) while handing out at least seven assists. He was the first to do it since Max Joseph on Jan. 10, 2018 vs. Drake. Before that, the most recent was Erik Buggs on March 2, 2013 against Green Bay.

Team Trends

Valpo has held its opponents to 33 percent or lower from 3-point range in all five games this season.

The Beacons have had 15 or more free-throw attempts in each of their five games.

Valpo ranks second in the conference in turnovers per game (10.0) and third in turnovers forced per game (14.8).

Valpo has turned it over 10 times or fewer in each of the last three games and has won the turnover battle in four of the team’s five games this season.

The Beacons have blocked four shots or more in every game and rank second in the MVC and 13th nationally with 6.4 blocks per contest.

Other Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 21: Valpo 73, Western Illinois 66

The Leathernecks were limited to 26.3 percent from 3-point territory, missing 14 of their 19 attempts.

Valpo prevailed despite being outrebounded by 13 (40-27) as Western Illinois owned a 14-6 advantage on the offensive glass. This was Valpo’s first win when being outrebounded by such a wide clip since Jan. 2, 2022 vs. Illinois State.

Valpo improved to 15-1 in its last 16 matchups with Western Illinois and extended its home head-to-head winning streak to eight.

Scouting the Jaguars

Will seek their first win of this multi-team event after falling 88-80 in overtime at Western Illinois on Nov. 17 and 88-60 to Illinois on Nov. 19.

Also fell at No. 3 Arizona (97-59) and at TCU (108-75) but own a win at UNLV (85-71).

Under the direction of first-year head coach Kevin Johnson, who has coached against Valpo numerous times, most recently on Nov. 24, 2021, when he was an assistant coach at Tulane as the Green Wave beat Valpo 68-64 in the Bahamas. He also opposed Valpo as a head coach when he held the top post at Centenary (1999-2005). The two teams shared Mid-Continent Conference affiliation at the end of his head coaching tenure.

This marks their sixth straight road game in a stretch of eight straight away from home to start the season.

Picked fifth of 12 in the SWAC Preseason Poll.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

UINDY VISITS #24 EMPORIA STATE IN SUNDAY BATTLE

at #24 Emporia State Hornets (5-1)

Sunday | November 26 | 3 p.m. ET

The UIndy men’s basketball team visits No. 24 Emporia State on a Sunday in its first game back from the Thanksgiving holiday. The Greyhounds snapped their short two-game skid on Wednesday with a win over Thomas More, while the Hornets have won five straight games since dropping their season opener. This will be the first meeting between the programs.

LAST TIME OUT

Zac Szul hit a 3-pointer with 69 seconds remaining to lift the UIndy men’s basketball team to a 63-58 win on Wednesday afternoon against Thomas More. The triple proved to be the game-winner, as the junior finished with 13 points in nearly 22 minutes off the bench.

Jesse Bingham scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to help lift the Hounds back in the win column.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2023/11/24/at_Emporia_State.pdf

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREPARES TO FACE UPPER IOWA AND MISSOURI S&T

at Upper Iowa (2-1)

Saturday | November 25 | 1 p.m. ET

vs. Missouri S&T (1-3)

Monday | November 27 | 5:30 p.m. ET

The UIndy women’s basketball team will open GLVC play at Upper Iowa on Saturday before returning home to face Missouri S&T. With the Peacocks joining the GLVC this will be the first time the two teams will compete against each other. The Greyhounds lead the Miners 15-6 overall in their contests.

LAST TIME OUT

UIndy defeated Purdue Northwest 71-59 at home on Tuesday Nov. 21st. Elana Wells dropped 23 points for the Greyhounds during their win over the Pride.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2023/11/22/WBB_Game_Notes_11_25___11_27.pdf

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston124.7506-06-47-111-37-31 L
Philadelphia105.6671.56-34-24-18-46-42 L
New York96.6002.54-25-40-27-47-31 W
Toronto88.5004.05-43-40-45-76-42 W
Brooklyn68.4295.03-43-40-35-74-63 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee115.6887-14-42-110-57-31 W
Indiana96.6001.56-43-24-17-66-41 W
Cleveland87.5332.53-45-31-24-46-41 L
Chicago512.2946.54-61-62-24-73-73 L
Detroit214.1259.01-61-81-42-80-1013 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando115.6886-25-30-16-27-36 W
Miami106.6251.04-16-53-07-58-21 L
Atlanta77.5003.03-54-22-25-65-51 W
Charlotte59.3575.03-62-33-25-74-62 W
Washington213.1338.51-51-81-41-121-98 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota114.7337-14-32-07-28-21 L
Oklahoma City114.7335-36-11-15-48-26 W
Denver106.6251.57-03-62-18-45-52 L
Portland411.2677.02-52-61-22-82-81 W
Utah411.2677.03-41-71-34-82-84 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix106.6254-46-22-28-58-26 W
Sacramento96.6000.54-15-52-28-67-31 W
LA Lakers97.5631.07-22-53-28-56-41 L
Golden State89.4712.53-65-32-27-73-71 W
LA Clippers68.4293.04-22-60-15-63-71 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas105.6674-26-33-15-36-41 W
Houston86.5711.58-10-52-17-57-32 W
New Orleans97.5631.56-43-32-27-65-53 W
Memphis312.2007.00-73-51-33-93-73 L
San Antonio313.1887.51-82-51-23-90-1011 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins830.7270.03392515-0-03-3-06-2-03-1-02 W
Buffalo Bills650.5452.02941905-2-01-3-03-5-02-2-01 W
New York Jets470.3644.01632382-4-02-3-02-6-01-3-04 L
New England Patriots280.2005.51412381-5-01-3-02-4-02-2-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs730.7000.02251644-2-03-1-05-1-02-1-01 L
Denver Broncos550.5002.02172683-3-02-2-02-4-01-2-04 W
Las Vegas Raiders560.4552.51852254-1-01-5-03-4-01-1-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers460.4003.02592382-3-02-3-02-3-01-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens830.7270.03041774-2-04-1-05-3-03-2-01 W
Cleveland Browns730.7000.52271805-1-02-2-05-2-03-2-03 W
Pittsburgh Steelers640.6001.51661954-2-02-2-04-3-02-1-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals550.5002.52022263-2-02-3-01-5-00-3-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars730.7000.02302043-3-04-0-05-2-03-1-01 W
Houston Texans640.6001.02382084-1-02-3-03-2-01-1-03 W
Indianapolis Colts550.5002.02422481-4-04-1-04-3-02-2-02 W
Tennessee Titans370.3004.01682143-1-00-6-02-5-00-2-03 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles910.9000.02732124-0-05-1-06-0-03-0-04 W
Dallas Cowboys830.7271.53471855-0-03-3-05-3-03-1-03 W
Washington Commanders480.3336.02463501-4-03-4-02-7-00-5-03 L
New York Giants380.2736.51492851-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers830.7270.03101704-1-04-2-06-1-03-0-03 W
Seattle Seahawks650.5452.02292494-2-02-3-05-3-01-3-02 L
Los Angeles Rams460.4003.51952202-3-02-3-03-4-03-1-01 W
Arizona Cardinals290.1826.01922842-3-00-6-02-5-00-3-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions830.7270.02942584-2-04-1-05-2-02-1-01 L
Minnesota Vikings650.5452.02532302-3-04-2-06-2-02-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers560.4553.02312243-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-02 W
Chicago Bears380.2735.02302862-3-01-5-02-5-00-3-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints550.5000.02141982-2-03-3-02-3-01-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons460.4001.01892173-2-01-4-03-4-02-0-03 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers460.4001.01922002-3-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 L
Carolina Panthers190.1004.01632751-4-00-5-00-7-00-2-03 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins191423311365437-1-17-1-26-2-2
Florida Panthers201271251258557-3-05-4-17-3-0
Tampa Bay Lightning211065251078746-2-34-4-25-3-2
Toronto Maple Leafs18105323865635-4-05-1-35-3-2
Detroit Red Wings191063231070596-3-24-3-15-3-2
Buffalo Sabres2099220957635-5-04-4-24-4-2
Montreal Canadiens2099220759715-6-04-3-24-6-0
Ottawa Senators1688016760546-6-02-2-05-5-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers181431291359415-1-09-2-18-1-1
Washington Capitals17105222843487-4-13-1-17-2-1
Carolina Hurricanes191180221064656-2-05-6-06-4-0
New York Islanders1986521752614-3-34-3-23-4-3
Philadelphia Flyers201091211063585-5-05-4-16-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins19910018960504-6-05-4-06-4-0
New Jersey Devils1889117860683-5-15-4-03-7-0
Columbus Blue Jackets21611416660744-6-12-5-32-6-2
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche191360261273576-2-07-4-06-4-0
Winnipeg Jets191252261269566-3-16-2-18-2-0
Dallas Stars191252261166575-4-17-1-15-4-1
St. Louis Blues19108121956606-3-04-5-16-4-0
Nashville Predators19910018964626-4-03-6-05-5-0
Arizona Coyotes1989218663634-4-04-5-24-5-1
Minnesota Wild1859414456733-4-22-5-22-6-2
Chicago Blackhawks18612012647662-5-04-7-03-7-0
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights201442301169488-1-16-3-15-4-1
Vancouver Canucks211461291485527-1-17-5-06-4-0
Los Angeles Kings181233271272473-3-39-0-08-1-1
Seattle Kraken2289521762784-6-14-3-44-3-3
Calgary Flames2089319861713-3-15-6-26-2-2
Anaheim Ducks20911018956654-8-05-3-03-7-0
Edmonton Oilers19612113658723-4-13-8-04-6-0
San Jose Sharks2031528330863-6-20-9-03-6-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

The First Homecoming Game is Played

November 25, 1911 – Columbia, Missouri – The football game played between Missouri and Kansas is considered to be the first ever homecoming game. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the day’s festivities stating that Coach Chester Brewer invited alumni to “come home” for the game, which included parades, bands and more. The people enjoyed it so much that a tradition was born.  Apparently due to the poor weather in the days leading up to the game, the administrators had 86 bails worth of straw on the field to act as a covering of sorts. The straw was removed just before game time and though the weather was now pleasant, the field was not so much. The game had drawn so much interest across the state that  it  had an almost play-by-play  “broadcast”  sent via telegraph to fans in Lawrence, Kansas.

 3 Grey Cup games

November 25, 1911 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – The 3rd Grey Cup was played as the Toronto Varsity Blues won their third consecutive title by defeating the Toronto Argonauts by the score of 14-7 per the canadianfootball.fandom website. 

November 25, 1944 – Civic Stadium, Hamilton – The 32nd Grey Cup was played as the St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy defeated the Hamilton Flying Wildcats by the score of 7-6 per the American Football Fandom site. 

November 25, 1950 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – The 38th edition of the CFL Grey Cup was played per the amp.blog-shops web page. This game is often referred to as the “Mud Bowl” due to the sloppy field conditions that day. It was the Toronto Argonauts who won claiming the franchise’s 9th title in a shutout victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 13-0. 

Big Numbers in the Bears vs. Browns Game

November 25, 1951 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium – The Chicago Bears traveled to meet the reigning champion Cleveland Browns per the grayflannelsuit.com internet site. It was a record setting day to say the least in a few ways.   Cleveland halfback Dub Jones tied the NFL record for most touchdowns in a game as he punched through the Bears defense six times to find paydirt in the Browns 42-21 win versus the Bears. The most tired team on the field had to be the officials as they threw flags and handed out penalties like it was Halloween candy. The Cleveland Browns were penalized a record 209 yards on 21 offenses while Chicago had 16 penalties for 165 yards.

Giving Thanks for Dallas Texans Only “W”

November 25, 1952 – Dallas, Texas – Thanksgiving games in Dallas are not just from the current era of football. The Dallas Texans hosted one during a dismal 1952 season against a pretty good Chicago Bears team. ESPN.com has a pretty good story on the game that states that before the game instead of the normal warmups and such that the Texans players went up into the stands thanking the patrons for coming to the game. Up to that point the Texans team had not smelled victory for the season. The air was so chilly that day that the players had set up burn barrels on each end of the bench area to keep their hands warm. They always say don’t count the home team out in a Thanksgiving day battle and that may have started in this very game because the only win ever for the NFL’s Dallas Texans was on this day when they beat the Bears 27-23. 

1971 Heisman

November 25, 1971 – New York City – The 37th Heisman Trophy was awarded to Auburn’s Quarterback Pat Sullivan. According to the website Heisman.com this was unbelievably Auburn University’s first player to ever receive the prestigious award that normally goes to the nation’s top college player. Remember Coach John Heisman spent time coaching the Tigers during his illustrious coaching career.  Sullivan led the nation with 2,856 yards of total offense as a junior. His 1971 Senior season was special too for his 2,012 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. The voting was close as Cornell’s outstanding running back Ed Marinaro was a close second.

Grey Cup 61

November 25, 1973 – CNE Stadium, Vancouver -The 61st CFL Grey Cup was played as the Ottawa Rough Riders earned their 8th Championship by defeating the Edmonton Eskimos by the score of 22-18 per the cbc.ca. Charlie Brandon was Most Valuable Player, and Garry Lefebvre, Most Valuable Canadian.

OJ Breaks Brown’s record

November 25, 1976 – The Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson rushed for 276 yards against the Detroit Lions. The Buffalonews.com story gives all the action in the game and from it we gather that Simpson’s 273 yards came on 29 carries during this Thanksgiving day game against the Detroit Lions. The Juice also broke one of Jim Brown’s NFL records by rushing for a fifth game of 200 yards or more during his career. The yardage wasn’t enough though for the Bills as Detroit rolled to a 27-14 win in the contest.

Grey Cup 67

November 25, 1979 – Olympic Stadium, Montreal – The CFL 67th Grey Cup game was played as told by the New York Times. The Edmonton Eskimos retained the CFL Championship by knocking off the  Montreal Alouettes, 17-9. The MVP of the game was running back David Green and the Most Valuable Canadian was awarded to Tom Cousineau.  Interesting tidbit.. David Green went to my alma mater Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Dynamic Broadcast Duo Debut

November 25, 1979 – It was the first time that the broadcast team of John Madden and Pat Summerall were in the same booth together on a game in what became 22 years of their great announcing together per the classictvsports.com site.

Iron Bowl 53

November 25, 1988 – Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama – The 53rd Iron Bowl was played and it was the Auburn Tigers claiming victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide by the close score of 15-10 per onthisday.com.

Hurricanes Stop Irish Streak

November 25, 1989 – Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida – The Miami Hurricanes ended Notre Dame’s all-time longest winning streak of 23 games by defeating the Irish 27-10 per the Irishlegends.com site. 

More Grey Cup Action

November 25, 1990 – BC Place, Vancouver -The 78th Grey Cup to determine the Champion of the CFL was played. The Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were matched up to play for the cup that year per onthisday.com. It was the Blue Bombers who came out on top in a wide margin of 50-11 on the scoreboard. The offensive Most Valuable Player was Tom Burgess while Greg Battle was the Defensive MVP of the game. The Most Valuable Canadian was Warren Hudson.

November 25, 2001 – Olympic Stadium, Montreal – The 89th battle for the Grey Cup was played. It was the Calgary Stampeders who took their 5th Championship in team history as they outlasted the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 27-19. Marcus Crandell was the game’s MVP and Aldi Henry took home the Most Valuable Canadian award per onthisday.com..

November 25, 2007 – Rogers Center, Toronto – Saskatchewan Roughriders won their 3rd title in the 95th edition of the Grey Cup Championship game of the CFL per the Grey Cup’s website. The Roughriders squeaked past the  Winnipeg Blue Bombers by the score of 23-19. DB James Johnson sealed the deal of victory for Saskatchewan as he picked off a Bombers pass with a mere 54 seconds remaining on the clock. Roughriders receiver Andy Fantuz was named the game’s Most Outstanding Canadian. The Most Valuable player was handed to James Johnson not just for his interception at the end of the game but also his two other picks which set a Grey Cup record by one player. 

November 25, 2012 – Rogers Center, Toronto – Per the National Post’s story it was the Toronto Argonauts overcoming the Calgary Stampeders by the final score of 35-22 in the 100th quest for the Grey Cup according to the National Post. The Argos owner David Braley established himself in the record books by being the first person in ownership to win back-to-back Grey Cups with 2 different teams as he held the deed on the 2011 champion BC Lions franchise. Boatmen running back Chad Kackert earned the MVP award after posting almost 200 yards of total offense.

November 25, 2018 – Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta – The Calgary Stampeders outscored the Ottawa RedBlacks, 27-16 to claim the CFL Championship game in the 106th playing of the Grey Cup.  It was the Calgary franchise’s 8th Cup victory per the Calgary Sun. Stampeder Terry Williams scores a record 97-yard punt-return touchdown just before halftime to highlight the scoring for the game. The third time was truly the charm for the Calgary squad as they had lost the previous two Grey Cup games.

Rivers has a Day

November 25, 2018 – The LA Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers  had an incredible game as he set an NFL single-game record, completing 25-straight passes in a 45-10 win versus the Arizona Cardinals. The previous times was achieved by Mark Brunell & David Carr who previously share record (22); also sets NFL record for best single-game completion % (96.6). 

Action Jackson!

November 25, 2019 – Quarterback Lamar Jackson, in just his second season in the League, became the first QB in NFL history to throw for at least 3,000 passing yards and rush for 1,500 yards in his first 2 NFL seasons. The record was recorded  as the Ravens flexed their muscles against the LA Rams with a 45-6 blowout.

HOF Birthdays

Johnny Kitzmiller

November 25, 1904 – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Oregon’s outstanding halfback Johnny Kitzmiller came into this world. According to  footballfoundation.org, Kitzmiller had an interesting nickname on the gridiron, as he was often referred to as the “Flying Dutchman.” The National Football Foundation voted Johnny Kitzmiller into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. Johnny played one season in the NFL with the New York Giants.

Lenny Moore

November 25, 1933 -Reading, Pennsylvania  – Lenny Moore the great running back from Penn State was born. Lenny was a first round pick in the 1956 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. In the 1958 season Lenny scored 14 touchdowns and had 1638 total offensive yards and 938 of those were on pass receptions.  The Colts won the NFL Championship Game that year and they probably would not have done it without the help of Lenny Moore. He was an All-Pro 5 times and he played in 7 Pro Bowls during his 12 year career. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Lenny Moore in 1975.

Joe Gibbs

November 25, 1940 –  Mocksville, North Carolina – Joe Gibbs had a remarkable coaching career. In his 12 seasons with the Washington Redskins his teams won 10 or more games 8 times and they also took home 3 Lombardi Trophies with a different starting quarterback in each one. A Gibbs led team made it to a fourth Super Bowl and lost to the Raiders per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Joe Gibbs in 1996.

George Webster

November 25, 1945 – Anderson, South Carolina – George Webster the fine linebacker from Michigan State University was born.  According to his bio on the NFF’s web site, Webster was twice an All-America selection. He was a powerful tackler and as his Coach at Michigan State, Duffy Daugherty, said of George, “He doesn’t tackle people. He explodes them!” Michigan State appreciated George so much that his jersey number became the second in school history to be retired. The National Football Foundation voted George Webster into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. When his schooling was completed George was the top draft pick of the Houston Oilers. Webster was AFC Rookie of the Year. He played five years with Houston, then a couple with the Steelers and three more seasons with the New England Patriots.

Chris Carter

November 25, 1965 – Chris Carter the standout wide receiver from Ohio State University was born. When a wideout plays in the NFL for 16 seasons you know they are a superior athlete.  When you have an athlete that played 13 complete 16 game schedules and puts up the numbers that Carter did in his 16 seasons you have a Hall of Famer. Carter amassed 1101 catches and 130 TDs. He had 10 seasons where he caught at least 70 balls and added 8 straight 1000 yards seasons. Carter played in 8 Pro Bowls and was on the All decade team of the 1990’s. Chris was picked in the 1987 supplemental draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and then joined the Minnesota Vikings in 1990. He played most of his career as a Viking and then retired. He did come out of retirement in 2002 to play 5 games with the Miami Dolphins who had many receivers injured. The Pro Football Hall of Fame placed Chris Carter in their Gold Jacket club in 2013.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

4 – 98 – 5 – 9 – 86 – 14 – 19 – 9 – 15 – 7 – 32 – 34 – 13 – 33 – 10 – 17 – 8

November 25, 1930

November 25, 1930 – The Sporting News picked Bill Terry, who would wear the Number 4 eventually with the New York Giants, as NL MVP and the Washington Senators Number 4, Joe Cronin as AL MVP

November 25, 1940 – The University of Michigan Football team retired Tom Harmon’s Number 98 jersey

November 25, 1941 – Lou Boudreau, Number 5, at 24 years young, became the Cleveland Indians player/manager

November 25, 1949 – Ted Williams, Number 9 of the Boston Red Sox, won the American League MVP award

November 25, 1951 – Cleveland halfback Dub Jones, Number 86 tied the NFL record for most touchdowns in a game crossing for 6 in Browns 42-21 win v Chicago Bears at Cleveland Stadium

November 25, 1961 –  Boston Celtics Point guard, Number 14, Bob Cousy became only the 2nd player in NBA history to score 15,000 points

November 25, 1966 – Cincinnati Reds infielder Number 19, Tommy Helms was voted as the National League Rookie of Year

November 25, 1969 – Kansas City Royals outfielder Lou Piniella, Number 9 is voted the American League Rookie of Year

November 25, 1970 – New York Yankees catcher Number 15, Thurman Munson won the American League Rookie of Year

November 25, 1971 – 37th Heisman Trophy Award went to Auburn Quarterback, Number 7, Pat Sullivan.

November 25, 1976 – O J Simpson, Number 32, gained 273 yards for the Buffalo Bills against the Detroit Lions defense

November 25, 1981 – Milwaukee Brewers Number 34, Rollie Fingers was the 1st relief pitcher to win the American League MVP

November 25, 1985 – Chicago White Sox shortstop Number 13, Ozzie Guillén was named the American League Rookie of Year

November 25, 1986 – Oakland A’s Jose Canseco, wearing Number 33 won the American League Rookie of Year

November 25, 2014 – Lionel Messi, Number 10, became the UEFA Champions League all-time top scorer

November 25, 2018 – CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta: Calgary Stampeders beat Ottawa RedBlacks, 27-16; in Calgary’s 8th Cup win Terry Williams, Number 38 scored on a record 97-yard punt-return touchdown

November 25, 2018 – LA Chargers quarterback Number 17, Philip Rivers set an NFL single-game record, completing 25-straight passes in 45-10 win v Arizona Cardinals; Mark Brunell & David Carr previously share record (22); also sets NFL record for best single-game completion % (96.6)

November 25, 2019 – Baltimore Raven’s 2nd-year quarterback Number 8, Lamar Jackson became the first QB in NFL history to throw for 3,000 passing yards and rush for 1,500 yards in his first 2 NFL seasons as the Ravens beat LA Rams, 45-6

TV SATURDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
PHILADELPHIA AT OKLAHOMA CITY5:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT BROOKLYN6:00PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT WASHINGTON7:00PMNBCS-WSH
BALLY SPORTS
LA LAKERS AT CLEVELAND7:30PMSPECTRUM
BALLY SPORTS
NEW ORLEANS AT UTAH9:30PMBALLY SPORTS
KJZZ
DALLAS AT LA CLIPPERS10:30PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT NY RANGERS1:00PMNHLN
NESN
MSG
MONTREAL AT LOS ANGELES4:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
TORONTO AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMNHLN
ATTSN-PIT
SPORTSNET
BUFFALO AT NEW JERSEY7:00PMMSF-BUF
MSGSN
PHILADELPHIA AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMNBCS-PHI
MSGSN
CALGARY AT COLORADO10:00PMALT
SPORTSNET
ARIZONA AT VEGAS10:00PMSCRIPPS
VANCOUVER AT SAN JOSE10:00PMNBCS-CA
SPORTSNET
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
UCONN AT UMASS12:00PMESPN+
OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN12:00PMFOX
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT SAM HOUSTON12:00PMESPN+
HOUSTON AT UCF12:00PMFS1
INDIANA AT PURDUE12:00PMBTN
KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE12:00PMABC
MIAMI (OHIO) AT BALL STATE12:00PMCBSSN
NAVY AT SMU12:00PMESPN2
NIU AT KENT STATE12:00PMESPN+
PITT AT DUKE12:00PMACCN
TEXAS A&M AT LSU12:00PMESPN
TROY AT SOUTHERN MISS12:00PMESPNU
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT RICE1:00PMESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT OLD DOMINION2:00PMESPN+
TULSA AT EAST CAROLINA2:00PMESPN+
UAB AT NORTH TEXAS2:00PMESPN+
WAKE FOREST AT SYRACUSE2:00PMCW
SAN JOSE STATE AT UNLV3:00PMMWN
WKU AT FIU3:00PMESPN+
COLORADO AT UTAH3:00PMPAC12N
ULM AT LOUISIANA3:00PMESPN+
LIBERTY AT UTEP3:30PMCBSSN
ALABAMA AT AUBURN3:30PMCBS
ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE3:30PMESPN
ARKANSAS STATE AT MARSHALL3:30PMESPN+
BYU AT OKLAHOMA STATE3:30PMABC
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE3:30PMESPNU
JAMES MADISON AT COASTAL CAROLINA3:30PMESPN2
MARYLAND AT RUTGERS3:30PMBTN
NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS3:30PMBTN
VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE3:30PMSECN
VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA3:30PMACCN
WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA3:30PMFS1
JACKSONVILLE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE4:00PMESPN+
WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON4:00PMFOX
SOUTH ALABAMA AT TEXAS STATE7:00PMNFLN
FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA7:00PMESPN
NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD7:00PMP12N
WEST VIRGINIA AT BAYLOR7:00PMFS1
CHARLOTTE AT USF7:30PMESPNU
CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA7:30PMSECN
GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH7:30PMABC
KANSAS AT CINCINNATI7:30PMESPN2
IOWA STATE AT KANSAS STATE8:00PMFOX
NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE8:00PMACCN
WYOMING AT NEVADA9:00PMCBSSN
CALIFORNIA AT UCLA10:30PMESPN
FRESNO STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE10:30PMFS1
COLORADO STATE AT HAWAII11:00PMSPECTRUM
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC6:00AMFLOSPORTS
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP11:00AMFLOSPORTS
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC11:00AMFLOSPORTS
JACKSON STATE AT GEORGETOWN12:00 PMFS2
LOYOLA MARYLAND AT MISSOURI12:00 PMSEC NETWORK PLUS
NJIT AT WAGNER1:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
MAINE AT COLUMBIA1:00 PMESPN+
CLARKS SUMMIT AT VMI1:00 PMESPN+
MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE AT LIBERTY1:00 PMESPN+
LIMESTONE AT GARDNER-WEBB1:00 PMESPN+
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP1:30 PMFLOSPORTS
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC1:30 PMFLOSPORTS
MIAMI (OH) AT ST. BONAVENTURE2:00 PMESPN+
NORTHEASTERN AT PRINCETON2:00 PMESPN+
DETROIT MERCY AT SIUE2:00 PMESPN+
ARMY WEST POINT AT BINGHAMTON2:00 PMESPN+
EVANSVILLE VS. SOUTHEAST MISSOURI2:00 PMESPN+
EAST CAROLINA AT GEORGE MASON2:00 PMESPN+
MONMOUTH VS. LAFAYETTE2:00 PMESPN+
CLEARY AT IUPUI2:00 PMESPN+
UMBC AT WILLIAM & MARY2:00 PMFLOSPORTS
SOUTHERN MISS AT MILWAUKEE2:30 PMESPN+
TULSA AT LITTLE ROCK3:00 PMESPN+
EUREKA AT EASTERN ILLINOIS3:00 PMESPN+
LAMAR AT LONGWOOD3:00 PMESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT SAMFORD3:00 PMESPN+
TEXAS STATE AT UTA3:00 PMESPN+
ST. THOMAS AT GREEN BAY3:00 PMESPN+
DILLARD AT LOUISIANA TECH3:00 PMESPN+
UT MARTIN AT CHICAGO STATE3:00 PMYOUTUBE
NIAGARA AT SAINT FRANCIS U4:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
UIW AT UTSA4:00 PMESPN+
VOORHEES AT USC UPSTATE4:00 PMESPN+
HOWARD AT MOUNT ST. MARY’S4:00 PMESPN+
BUCKNELL AT MARIST4:00 PMESPN+
SOUTHERN AT VALPARAISO4:00 PMESPN+
LIU AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY4:00 PMESPN+
JACKSONVILLE VS. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON4:00 PMESPN+
BELMONT AT PENN4:30 PMESPN+
UNCW AT FGCU4:30 PMESPN+
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP4:30 PMFLOSPORTS
DELAWARE STATE VS. BETHUNE-COOKMAN5:00 PMESPN+
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS5:45 PMESPN+
QUEENS AT RICHMOND6:00 PMMASN/2
FURMAN AT UAB6:00 PMESPN+
HOLY CROSS AT ST. JOHN’S7:00 PMFS2
SOUTH ALABAMA AT MARYLAND7:00 PMBTN
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC7:00 PMCBSSN
SAN DIEGO STATE VS. CALIFORNIA7:00 PMMWN
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP7:00 PMFLOSPORTS
TEXAS SOUTHERN AT DRAKE7:00 PMESPN+
NORFOLK STATE AT WICHITA STATE7:00 PMESPN+
WITTENBERG AT PURDUE FORT WAYNE7:00 PMESPN+
ALABAMA A&M AT CLEVELAND STATE7:00 PMESPN+
UTEP AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT7:00 PMESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT CHARLOTTE7:00 PMESPN+
PAUL QUINN AT SAM HOUSTON7:30 PMESPN+
DARTMOUTH AT SAINT LOUIS8:00 PMBALLY SPORTS MIDWEST
NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT GRAND CANYON8:00 PMKUTP
WILLAMETTE AT PORTLAND8:00 PMESPN+
VERMONT AT BRADLEY8:00 PMESPN+
VANGUARD AT CALIFORNIA BAPTIST8:00 PMESPN+
PALM SPRINGS INVITATIONAL8:00 PM
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT DEPAUL9:00 PMFS2
PALM SPRINGS INVITATIONAL10:30 PM
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
DARTMOUTH VS UCONN3:00PMESPN+
STONE HILL VS UNION4:00PMESPN+
UMASS VS HARVARD4:00PMESPN+
UMASS LOWELL VS ARMY7:00PMESPN+
BENTLEY VS MERRIMACK7:00PMESPN+
NIAGARA VS COLGATE7:00PMESPN+
CORNELL VS BOSTON UNIVERSITY8:00PMESPN+
SOCCERTIME ETTV
EPL: MANCHESTER CITY VS LIVERPOOL7:30AMPEACOCK
LA LIGA: RAYO VALLECANO VS BARCELONA8:00AMESPN+
SERIE A: SALERNITANA VS LAZIO9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: WERDER BREMEN VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: WOLFSBURG VS RB LEIPZIG9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: FREIBURG VS DARMSTADT 989:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: UNION BERLIN VS AUGSBURG9:30AMESPN+
EPL: NOTTINGHAM FOREST VS BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION10:00AMUSA
EPL: SHEFFIELD UNITED VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH10:00AMPEACOCK
EPL: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS CHELSEA10:00AMPEACOCK
EPL: BURNLEY VS WEST HAM UNITED10:00AMPEACOCK
EPL: LUTON TOWN VS CRYSTAL PALACE10:00AMPEACOCK
LA LIGA: VALENCIA VS CELTA DE VIGO10:15AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: CLERMONT VS LENS11:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: ATALANTA VS NAPOLI12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
EPL: BRENTFORD VS ARSENAL12:30PMUSA
BUNDESLIGA: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT VS STUTTGART12:30PMESPN+
LA LIGA: GETAFE VS ALMERÍA12:30PMESPN+
SERIE A: MILAN VS FIORENTINA2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: ATLÉTICO MADRID VS MALLORCA3:00PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: STRASBOURG VS OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BANFIELD VS GIMNASIA LA PLATA4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: PLATENSE VS SARMIENTO4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: UNIÓN SANTA FE VS TIGRE4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: ORLANDO CITY SC VS COLUMBUS CREW5:30PMMLS PASS
BRASILEIRÃO: ATHLETICO-PR VS VASCO DA GAMA5:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: FLUMINENSE VS CORITIBA7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: CINCINNATI VS PHILADELPHIA UNION8:00PMMLS PASS
TENNISTIME ETTV
DAVIS CUP FINALS SEMIFINALS6:00AMTENNIS
WOMEN’ COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
INDIANA VS PRINCETON11:00AM
MARYLAND VS UMASS11:00AMFLOHOOPS
VIRGINIA TECH VS TULANE11:00AMFLOSPORTS
WICHITA STATE VS DAYTON11:00AMFLOHOOPS
WEST VIRGINIA VS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS11:00AMFLOHOOPS
SAMFORD VS SOUTHERN MISS12:00 PMESPN+
CENTRAL MICHIGAN VS MILWAUKEE12:00 PMESPN+
LOUISVILLE VS LIBERTY12:00 PM
LOUISIANA TECH VS MAINE12:30 PMESPN+
TCU VS NEBRASKA1:00 PM
UMASS LOWELL VS FORDHAM1:00 PMESPN+
CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD VS TBD1:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
VALPARAISO VS UAB1:00 PMESPN+
NC STATE VS COLORADO1:00 PMESPN+
NEBRASKA VS TCU1:00 PM
QUINNIPIAC VS NAVY1:00 PMESPN+
PITTSBURGH VS AKRON1:15 PM
OKLAHOMA VS TENNESSEE1:30 PM
IOWA STATE VS SYRACUSE2:00 PMFLOHOOPS
N.C. WESLEYAN VS CHARLESTON2:00 PMFLOSPORTS
SOUTH DAKOTA VS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE2:00 PMMIDCO SPORTS
NJIT VS HOFSTRA2:00 PMFLOSPORTS
ARKANSAS BAPTIST VS NORTHWESTERN STATE2:00 PMESPN+
ST. BONAVENTURE VS LOYOLA (MD)2:00 PMESPN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS KENNESAW STATE2:00 PMESPN+
SYRACUSE VS IOWA STATE2:00 PMFLOHOOPS
MADONNA VS OAKLAND2:00 PMESPN+
UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE VS SE LOUISIANA2:00 PMESPN+
MERCER VS CHARLESTON SOUTHERN2:00 PMESPN+
MOREHEAD STATE VS PRESBYTERIAN2:00 PMESPN+
ILLINOIS STATE VS SAINT MARY’S3:00 PMESPN+
RICE VS STEPHEN F. AUSTIN3:00 PMESPN+
RICHMOND VS DRAKE3:00 PMESPN+
SOUTH ALABAMA VS DENVER3:00 PMSUMMIT
UTAH VALLEY VS IDAHO3:00 PMESPN+
HAMPTON VS LIU3:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
CINCINNATI VS KENTUCKY3:15 PMESPN+
UC IRVINE VS PACIFIC3:30 PMESPN+
TOWSON VS ABILENE CHRISTIAN3:30 PM
NORTH CAROLINA A&T VS UT ARLINGTON4:00 PM
NORTHEASTERN VS COLUMBIA4:00 PMESPN+
CAMPBELLSVILLE HARRODSBURG VS EASTERN KENTUCKY4:00 PMESPN+
UM KANSAS CITY VS CLEVELAND STATE4:00 PMESPN+
HAMPTON VS LIU4:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
LITTLE ROCK VS MISSISSIPPI4:00 PMSECN+
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT VS BYU4:00 PMESPN+
DETROIT MERCY VS GEORGIA SOUTHERN4:30 PMESPN+
NICHOLLS VS GRAND CANYON4:30 PMESPN+
UTSA VS SAM HOUSTON5:00 PMESPN+
VIRGINIA VS LSU5:00 PMFLOHOOPS
SEATTLE U VS PORTLAND STATE5:00 PMESPN+
SMU VS HARVARD5:30 PMESPN+
UCF VS SACRED HEART6:30 PMFLOHOOPS
CLEMSON VS TULSA7:00 PM
TEXAS TECH VS SANTA CLARA7:00 PMFLOHOOPS
KANSAS VS UCONN7:30 PMFLOSPORTS
IDAHO STATE VS HAWAI’I7:30 PMESPN+
TEXAS VS SOUTH FLORIDA8:00 PMESPN+
ST. JOHN’S VS JACKSON STATE9:00 PM
RUTGERS VS BOISE STATE9:30 PM

TV SUNDAY

NFL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
NEW ORLEANS AT ATLANTA1:00PMFOX
PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI1:00PMCBS
JACKSONVILLE AT HOUSTON1:00PMCBS
TAMPA BAY AT INDIANAPOLIS1:00PMCBS
NEW ENGLAND AT NY GIANTS1:00PMFOX
CAROLINA AT TENNESSEE1:00PMFOX
LA RAMS AT ARIZONA4:05PMFOX
CLEVELAND AT DENVER4:05PMFOX
KANSAS CITY AT LAS VEGAS4:25PMCBS
BUFFALO AT PHILADELPHIA4:25PMCBS
BALTIMORE AT LA CHARGERS8:20PMNBC
NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
PORTLAND AT MILWAUKEE3:30PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT BOSTON6:00PMNBCS-BOS
BALLY SPORTS
PHOENIX AT NEW YORK6:00PMMSG
AFSN
CHARLOTTE AT ORLANDO6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT MEMPHIS6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
CHICAGO AT BROOKLYN7:30PMNBCS-CHI
YES
TORONTO AT CLEVELAND7:30PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
SAN ANTONIO AT DENVER8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ALT
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
MINNESOTA AT DETROIT1:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT CHICAGO2:00PMNHLN
BALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
COLUMBUS AT CAROLINA5:00PMNHLN
BALLY SPORTS
WINNIPEG AT NASHVILLE8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
ANAHEIM AT EDMONTON9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
ESPN EVENTS INVITATIONAL10:30AMESPNU
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP11:00AMFLOSPORTS
LAFAYETTE VS. BELMONT12:00PMESPN+
ESPN EVENTS INVITATIONAL1:00PMESPN
NM STATE AT LOUISVILLE1:00PMACCNX
AUSTIN PEAY AT APP STATE1:00PMESPN+
SACRED HEART AT SAINT JOSEPH’S1:00PMESPN+
LAMAR VS. DELAWARE STATE1:00PMESPN+
COPPIN STATE AT LA SALLE1:00PMESPN+
AIR FORCE AT SOUTH DAKOTA1:30PMMIDCO SPORTS
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP1:30PMFLOSPORTS
IONA AT COLORADO2:00PMPAC12N
DENVER AT A&M-COMMERCE2:00PMESPN+
DREXEL AT OLD DOMINION2:00PMESPN+
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON AT ROBERT MORRIS2:00PMESPN+
STONEHILL AT QUINNIPIAC2:00PMESPN+
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AT CHATTANOOGA2:00PMESPN+
NOTRE DAME (MD) AT RADFORD2:00PMESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL AT COASTAL CAROLINA2:00PMESPN+
MOUNT OLIVE AT HIGH POINT2:00PMESPN+
VERMONT STATE-LYNDON AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY2:00PMESPN+
CAL STATE FULLERTON AT NEBRASKA2:00PMBTN+
MONMOUTH AT PENN2:30PMESPN+
WYOMING AT TEXAS3:00PMLHN
ANGELO STATE AT NORTH TEXAS3:00PMESPN+
ULM AT SMU3:00PMESPN+
BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT LONGWOOD3:30PMESPN+
NEW ORLEANS AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS3:45PMESPN+
ESPN EVENTS INVITATIONAL4:00PMESPN2
MORGAN STATE AT TOWSON4:00PMMNMT
STETSON AT UCF4:00PMESPN+
HOOD AT AMERICAN4:00PMESPN+
YALE AT RHODE ISLAND4:00PMESPN+
LONG BEACH STATE AT MONTANA STATE4:00PMESPN+
HARVARD VS. INDIANA4:30PMBTN
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP4:30PMFLOSPORTS
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE AT PACIFIC5:00PMESPN+
UALBANY AT SIENA5:00PMESPN+
BELLARMINE AT WEST VIRGINIA5:00PMESPN+
BETHESDA AT UC RIVERSIDE5:00PMESPN+
CHARLESTON AT KENT STATE5:30PMESPN+
UC SAN DIEGO AT SEATTLE U6:00PMESPN+
KENNESAW STATE AT FIU6:00PMESPN+
ESPN EVENTS INVITATIONAL6:30PMESPN2
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP7:00PMFLOSPORTS
SACRAMENTO STATE AT UC DAVIS8:00PMESPN+
MINNESOTA VS. SAN FRANCISCO8:30PMCBSSN
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
BOSTON COLLEGE VS HARVARD1:00PMESPN+
MICHIGAN STATE VS MINNESOTA2:00PMBTN
NORTHEASTERN VS RENSSELAER3:00PMESPN+
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
FORMULA ONE: ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX8:00AMESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: CAGLIARI VS MONZA6:30AMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: NICE VS TOULOUSE7:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: VILLARREAL VS OSASUNA8:00AMESPN+
EPL: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS ASTON VILLA9:00AMUSA
SERIE A: EMPOLI VS SASSUOLO9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: FROSINONE VS GENOA9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: MONTPELLIER VS BREST9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
BUNDESLIGA: HEIDENHEIM VS BOCHUM9:30AMESPN+
LA LIGA: REAL SOCIEDAD VS SEVILLA10:15AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: RENNES VS REIMS11:05AMBEIN SPORTS
EPL: EVERTON VS MANCHESTER UNITED11:30AMUSA
BUNDESLIGA: HOFFENHEIM VS MAINZ 0511:30AMESPN+
SERIE A: ROMA VS UDINESE12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: CÁDIZ VS REAL MADRID12:30PMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: ATLÉTICO MINEIRO VS GRÊMIO2:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: BOTAFOGO VS SANTOS2:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: JUVENTUS VS INTERNAZIONALE2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS VS LILLE2:45PMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: REAL BETIS VS LAS PALMAS3:00PMESPN+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: TALLERES CÓRDOBA VS INDEPENDIENTE4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ATLÉTICO TUCUMÁN VS HURACÁN4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: RIVER PLATE VS INSTITUTO4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ARSENAL VS ROSARIO CENTRAL4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: AMÉRICA MINEIRO VS FLAMENGO4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: FORTALEZA VS PALMEIRAS4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: INTERNACIONAL VS RB BRAGANTINO4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: SÃO PAULO VS CUIABÁ4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: HOUSTON DYNAMO VS SPORTING KC7:00PMFS1
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: GODOY CRUZ VS BOCA JUNIORS7:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC VS LOS ANGELES FC9:30PMMLS PASS
TENNISTIME ETTV
DAVIS CUP FINALS FINAL10:00AMTENNIS
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
VILLANOVA VS WAKE FOREST12:00PMACCN
RICHMOND VS LOUISIANA TECH12:30PMESPN+
DARTMOUTH VS NEW HAMPSHIRE1:00PMESPN+
FAIRFIELD VS CENTRAL CONNECTICUT1:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
IUPUI VS OHIO1:00PMESPN+
KUTZTOWN (PA) VS BUFFALO1:00PMESPN+
ABILENE CHRISTIAN VS NAVY1:00PMESPN+
PROVIDENCE VS PENN STATE1:00PMB1G+
CORNELL VS OHIO STATE1:00PMB1G+
TBD VS MIAMI1:30PMACCNX
WESLEYAN (GA) VS QUEENS (NC)2:00PMESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE VS SIU EDWARDSVILLE2:00PMESPN+
BROWN VS MONMOUTH2:00PMFLOSPORTS
NC CENTRAL VS DUKE2:00PMACCNX
CANISIUS VS ILLINOIS2:00PMB1G+
RIDER VS FDU2:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
COASTAL CAROLINA VS UNCW2:00PMFLOSPORTS
SOUTHERN INDIANA VS PURDUE2:00PMB1G+
GARDNER-WEBB VS UNC GREENSBORO2:00PMESPN+
TBD VS FIU2:00PMESPN+
LAFAYETTE VS SAINT FRANCIS U2:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
TEXAS STATE VS TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI2:00PMESPN+
LOUISVILLE VS GONZAGA2:00PM
STONY BROOK VS MINNESOTA3:00PMB1G+
ALABAMA A&M VS AUBURN3:00PMSECN+
UIC VS SAINT LOUIS3:00PMESPN+
ALCORN STATE VS BAYLOR3:00PMESPN+
LOYOLA CHICAGO VS DEPAUL3:00PMFLOSPORTS
MAINE VS DRAKE3:00PMESPN+
MISSOURI STATE VS OKLAHOMA STATE3:00PMESPN+
NEW ORLEANS VS HOUSTON3:00PMESPN+
TOWSON VS QUINNIPIAC3:30PM
MISSOURI STATE VS OKLAHOMA STATE4:00PMESPN+
NORTH ALABAMA VS UTEP4:00PMESPN+
ALBANY VS STANFORD4:00PMPAC12
BOSTON UNIVERSITY VS NORTHERN COLORADO4:00PMESPN+
CLEMSON VS ARKANSAS VS PINE BLUFF4:15PM
GEORGETOWN VS CAL STATE FULLERTON5:00PM
PENNSYLVANIA VS UC SAN DIEGO5:00PMESPN+
WASHINGTON VS HAWAI’I10:00PMESPN+